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Thomas Kemp


Thomas Kemp is a highly acclaimed musician and one of the most versatile and eclectic conductors of his generation, acclaimed for his innovative programming and passionate advocacy in concerts, opera, ballet and as an award winning recording artist. The Guardian recently commented “ extraordinary performance... with a fluency that came over brilliantly under the baton of Thomas Kemp.”

Thomas is the Music Director of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Chamber Domaine, which is at the forefront of ensembles focusing on 20th and 21st century music. He has directed Chamber Domaine in festivals and concert series in the UK, Europe and North America and has a distinguished discography with the ensemble including world premiere recordings of Britten, Bridge, Bliss, Turnage, Part, Gorecki, Rorem and Bingham. He is a recording artist for Resonus: forthcoming releases include recordings of Mozart and Sibelius.

He is Artistic Director of [email protected] - an international festival that promotes the works of contemporary composers alongside masterworks from the Classical and Romantic periods. The festival is held each September in historic venues in and around West Malling, Kent and has a year around outreach programme that engages hundreds of young people in creative activities from across the county. [email protected] was featured in The Best Classical Concerts of 2015 in The Artsdesk.

Thomas is regularly in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras and ensembles in the UK and Europe and is an acclaimed exponent of late nineteenth and early 20th century repertoire. Forthcoming engagements in 2017/18 include tours of Asia and Europe with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducting the 1926 film version of Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier together with arrangements of Strauss songs made for silent film which receive their modern premieres. He will also be in residence at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 conducting Mahler and Strauss with Dietrich Henschel, Toby Spence and Kate Royal.

In 2012, he made his operatic debut in a new production of Cosi fan tutte for Opera Holland Park with the City of London Sinfonia to widespread praise. “Cosi fan tutte was conducted with real shape and nuance by Thomas Kemp...Altogether this was the most original and idiomatic attempt on this ungraspable work London has seen in a long time.” Opera Now.

Thomas has performed at many leading festivals in the UK and overseas including the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Huddersfield Contemporary, Wien Modern, The Proms, Vale of Glamorgan, Kuhmo and Brighton Festivals. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ORF (Austria), ABC (Australia), WNYC (USA), RNZ (New Zealand) and SR (Sweden).

He has regularly performed at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and as a guest artist for Bargemusic, New York.

From 1989-92, Thomas read music at St.Catharine’s College, Cambridge and went on to study violin and chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. From 2003-2007, he studied conducting at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm with Jorma Panula and Alan Gilbert winning a major award from the Swedish Academy.

Thomas has enjoyed an international career as a guest concertmaster and chamber musician with many renowned orchestras and ensembles and has led many recording sessions for TV and film in London.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. From 2000-2014, he was a professor at the Royal Northern College of Music and has given masterclasses, coached and conducted orchestras and ensembles at leading conservatoires and universities worldwide.

Last updated: Jul 2019