“Jill Kemp is a virtuoso of extraordinary 'cantabile' talent. Ms. Kemp
takes the audience on a magic operatic journey, so much so that one
forgets listening to an instrument, the recorder, and finds himself in
front of an amazing 'bel canto' singing”
Dr Moltisanti, IBLA Times on Carnegie Hall debut, April 2009
Jill Kemp is firmly establishing herself as one of the finest wind players of her generation. As a soloist and chamber musician, she is passionate about raising the recorder’s profile and proving it to be an exciting and versatile instrument. Jill’s repertoire spans seven centuries and she regularly performs premieres and new commissions. Winner of numerous prizes, in 2007 she won the Royal Over-Seas League Wind and Brass Competition, the first recorder player to do so in its 57-year history.
Jill has broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM and American, Italian and Polish television. Recital venues throughout Europe and the USA include Carnegie Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Harrogate International Festival, Castle Howard and the Isle of Man Early Music Festival. She has performed with many ensembles, including Red Priest, the Brodowski Quartet, Stile Antico and the LSO.
She studied at the Guildhall School and Goldsmiths College, and with teachers including Michala Petri and Piers Adams. Jill has given masterclasses throughout Europe and the USA, including at Dartington International Summer School, the University of North Dakota and the State School of Music in Wroclaw. She is an examiner for Trinity Laban and has been an adjudicator for the IBLA Grand Prize. Her work as a recording artist includes sessions at Abbey Road and Air Studios for Harry Potter, The Fantastic Mr Fox and Philomena. Jill has written articles for Classic FM, Music Teacher and Muso Magazines. Jill gives regular concerts and workshops for the Concordia Foundation and in 2004 she launched ‘Recorder Revolution®’, an interactive concert experience that has involved over 3500 young people.
Jill’s CD ‘English Recorder Works’, with pianist Aleksander Szram and the Brodowski Quartet, was released to critical acclaim in April 2013 on MMC records. During 2014 she will be recording two new discs – one of works by Bach and Telemann and another of 21st century premieres.
Jill plays instruments by Ehlert, Moeck, Mollenhauer, Wenner, Von Huene, Dawson and Kung.