New Zealand fortepianist and Grand Piano recording artist Dr Kemp English has just returned from a residency at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. He gave a concert on their new fortepiano (built by renowned instrument maker Paul McNulty) and presented workshops and papers devoted to the music of Leopold Koželuch. Kemp’s world premiere recordings of the complete cycle of keyboard sonatas by Leopold Koželuch are being released on the Grand Piano label, with Volume 9 (of 12) scheduled for release shortly.
The series has garnered excellent reviews from around the world. The UK’s Early Music magazine commented: “This is entertaining music, especially when played with English’s panache and vitality”. MusicWeb International and Klassik.com described Kemp’s performances as both “superlative” and “awesome”. Volume 5 received a five-star review from BBC Music Magazine