Thomas Kemp

Thomas Kemp is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the finest and imaginative conductors of his generation.  The Guardian recently commented “…an extraordinary performance…with a fluency that came over brilliantly under the baton of Thomas Kemp.”  The Gramophone praised his conducting for “a wealth of timbral subtlety…utterly magical…a tremendous sense of vitality and commitment.”
He read music at St.Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied violin and chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music and has since enjoyed a worldwide career as concertmaster and chamber musician. He won the Swedish Academy Scholarship to study conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm with the legendary Jorma Panula and Alan Gilbert and is increasingly in great demand as a conductor.
Thomas is the Music Director of the highly acclaimed ensemble Chamber Domaine, which is at the forefront of British ensembles focusing on 20th and 21st century music. He made his conducting debut in a series of concerts celebrating Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which The Financial Times described as “exceptional musical events.”
He is Artistic Director of Music@Malling – an international festival that promotes the works of contemporary composers alongside masterworks from the classical and romantic periods.
In 2012, he made his operatic debut in a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera Holland Park to widespread praise and has further opera conducting in the UK and Sweden in 2014/15.
In April 2013 he is artist in residence at the University of Auckland New Zealand.
Thomas is conducting a series of contemporary music recordings for the World’s first download only record label Resonus Classics.  The first two recordings of Judith Bingham and Mark-Anthony Turnage have received much acclaim.  In January 2012, The Times praised his collaboration with Turnage for it “superb artistry… with pungent playing from Chamber Domaine conducted by Thomas Kemp.”  Forthcoming recordings include a disc of Britten including the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Nicky Spence and Stephen Stirling with six world-premiere recordings of early works.
He made his recording debut as a conductor in a disc of world premiere recordings of Henrik Gorecki, which received five star reviews in the BBC Music and Classic FM Magazines.   Norman Lebrecht in the Evening Standard described the playing as “gorgeous.” Fanfare described the recording as: “…utterly fascinating…One cannot say enough for the musical sensitivity as well a the virtuosity… Chamber Domaine is the British equivalent of Eight Blackbird…”  He has recorded for ASV, Blackbox, Landor and Sony Classics and has frequently been Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone.
Thomas has conducted and 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, Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals.  He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ORF (Austria), ABC (Australia), WNYC (USA) and SR (Sweden).  He is a guest artist at Bargemusic, New York and since his debut in 2000, Thomas has been a regular performer at Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Thomas has given many world premieres and has worked closely with composers such as Arvo Pärt, Thomas Ades, Julian Anderson, Mathew Hindson, Brian Ferneyhough, Judith Bingham, Judith Weir, Najii Hakim, Piers Hellawell, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, Henrik Gorecki, Haflidi Hallgrimson, Charlotte Bray, Ned Rorem, Ulijas Pulkis, Aulis Sallinen and Stuart MacRae.

He has conducted and collaborated with leading singers such as Elizabeth Llewellyn, Nicky Spence, Andrew Staples, Anna Grevelius, Yeree Suh, Stephen Wallace, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Jonathan McGovern and Sara Fulgoni.

In 2009, Thomas worked closely with the Turner Prize winning artist, Anish Kapoor for the Brighton Festival exploring the relationship between music and sculpture.
He has worked worldwide as a guest leader with many renowned orchestras and ensembles.  Thomas teaches violin and chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has given masterclasses worldwide.