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Biography

New York Times
“Disarmingly precocious”

Birmingham Post
“Ashley Fripp is a pianist of formidable intelligence. Add to that a fearless, loose-limbed technique and a prodigious memory…and you have a young talent which needs to be taken very seriously indeed”

Musical Opinion
“…This was an amazing reading, gripping, sensuous and full of colour and flavour. Listen out for Fripp in the future; I certainly will”

Rheinische Post
“Sometimes breathtakingly fast, sometimes as slowly as a narrator telling his story in the moment, some folksy and temperamental, sometimes lyrical, yet always with picturesque phrasing, he brought the little pieces to life with exquisite class.”

Thomas Adès, composer, pianist and conductor
“Ashley Fripp is a genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear”

Mittelbayerische Zeitung
“A master of restraint… he allowed Chopin’s arabesques to effervesce weightlessly”

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British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Recent international highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein Wien, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Kölner Philharmonie, Bozar (Brussels), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Megaron (Athens), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Konserthuset (Stockholm), the L’auditori (Barcelona), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan) and the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon)

National and international prizes include the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition, The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and Silver Medal, 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition, Semi-finalist Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and 3rd Prize at the Concours Européen Piano (CEPOR). He was chosen as a Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organisation and has has performed in the Edinburgh, Brighton, Chipping Campden, Bath and City of London Festivals as well as the Festival Pontino de Musica (Italy). A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV as well as the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. He has collaborated with a variety of well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, James Judd, Vasily Petrenko, Robertas Šervenikas and Peter Stark.

Ashley Fripp studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey. He recently graduated with distinctions in a Masters and Artist Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Ronan O’Hora. The Guildhall School also awarded the Premier Prix and Lord Mayor’s Prize. He is currently studying with Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuolo di Musica di Fiesole (Italy), in addition to undertaking doctoral studies into the piano music of Thomas Adès at the Guildhall School.

Ashley Fripp’s CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos is available on the Spektral Records label.