The Dutch bass, Auke Kempkes, started his vocal training with Marianne Blok at the Hilversum Conservatory and continued at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Rita Dams and Diane Forlano. In the 1999-2000 season he was a member of the Schweizer Opernstudios (Swiss Opera Studio) in Biel, Switzerland, and he took singing lessons with Professor Ralf Döring in Vienna. Currently, his vocal coach is Gemma Visser. He also attended several master-classes, e.g. with Margreet Honig and twice the Gregynog Festival Masterclasses in Gregynog, Wales, UK, with Diane Forlano and Barbara Pearson. In the summer of 1998 he participated in the International Summer Academy Prague/Budapest/Vienna, where he took lessons with Professor Ralf Döring.
Auke Kempkes sang in oratorios e.g. W.A. Mozart's Requiem (with concerts in Germany, France and Switzerland) the Christ role in Heinrich Schütz's Lukas Passion and the four bass parts in J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245). At the Musikfestwochen 2001 Ettiswil (Switzerland), he starred in the title role in George Frideric Handel's oratorio Saul. His concert repertoire includes also many Masses of Haydn, J.S. Bach cantatas, oratorios of G.F. Handel and The Crucifixion by Stainer.
Auke Kempkess first steps on the opera stage was at Opera SKONE in the Netherlands, where he sang Bruin de Beer inb de Reinaart de Vos by Ruud Bos. In Laktheater, Leiden, he was Agathon in the premiere of Socrates by Warner van Es. In the opera class at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, he was under the direction of Kenneth Montgomery understudy for Sarastro in Der Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart, and at Westergasfabrik in Amsterdam he sang the part of Brander in La Damnation de Faust by H. Berlioz). At the Musikfestwochen 2001 in Ettiswil (Switzerland), he was in Polyphemus Acis and Galatea by G.F. Handel.
In the past four seasons (as of 2005), he was ensemble member at the Städtische Bühnen Münster. There he made his debut with the role of Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. This was followed by inter alia Colline in La bohème by Puccini, Faust and Inquisitor in Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte by W.A. Mozart, Banco in Macbeth by G. Verdi, Luther and Crespel in Les Contes d 'Hoffmann by Offenbach, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar by A. Lloyd Weber, and Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande by C. Debussy). In 2003-2004 season he sang Notar and Polizeikommissar in Der Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss and Alidoro in La Cenerentola by G. Rossin). In addition, he celebrated a major success as Doktor in Wozzeck by Alban Berg.