British pianist Ashley Fripp has given solo and concerto performances in many of the most prestigious venues throughout the UK, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall,
Kings Place and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Recent international invitations have taken him throughout Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Australia and the USA to such halls as the Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Audimax Hall, Regensburg.
He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including 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 Prince's Prize of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Award for Keyboard at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. He has also made appearances on BBC television and radio and has performed in the Edinburgh International, Chipping Campden, and City
of London Festivals.
Ashley Fripp studied piano at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey. During his time at the RCM he won the Marjorie Humby, Angela Bull, British Uruguayan Society, May Edwards and Teresa Carreño prizes as well as the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition. Upon leaving in July 2007, Ashley was presented with the Esther Coleman Prize, awarded to an outstanding student who has greatly contributed to the musical life of the Junior Department.
Ashley Fripp has recently graduated with First Class Honours from the Guildhall School where he was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix), the Kathleen Higginson Piano Prize and the Lord Mayor's Prize. He is now continuing his studies for an MMus at the Guildhall School with Ronan O’Hora, provided with a full scholarship. Future engagements in 2013 feature performances throughout the UK, Norway, the USA, Germany and France. Ashley Fripp was also recently selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation for their Rising Star 2014/15 season, which will entail a European-wide tour at many of the most illustrious concert halls throughout the continent.
Ashley Fripp gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the following; The Craxton Memorial Trust, The Musicians' Company Doris Starke Prize. Following nomination from the Barbican Centre, London, Ashley Fripp has been selected to give a European-wide tour at many of the most illustrious halls across the continent. Throughout the 2014/15 season he will give a series recitals at the European Concert Hall Organisation's member halls featuring both solo and duo programmes alongside cellist Michael Petrov, with whom he performed in New York's Carnegie Hall in 2012. Dates will be announced in due course. Details of ECHO and the halls can be found at http://www.concerthallorganisation.eu
Ashley Fripp's recording of Chopin's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with the KUR under Graham
Buckland for Spektral Records is now available.
“He is an extraordinarily gifted pianist whose musical prowess, intelligence and commitment to his art place him at an exceptional level for pursuing an international career as a soloist in the years to come.” - Marios Papadopoulos, Music Director of the Oxford Philomusica.
"Disarmingly precocious" - New York Times.
"A master of restraint ... he allowed Chopin's arabesques to effervesce weightlessly" - Mittelbayerische Zeitung(Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2, Regensburg, January 2010).
"His sensitive touch and dynamic variance paid many dividends during this complete presentation of [Rachmaninov Preludes] Opus 23. Fripp brought poise and clarity, and a honed technique to the grand utterances of the B flat ... the D major was rapturously and tenderly unfolded. The martial aspects of the G minor were well-caught, its middle section nicely limpid. Where required there was no lack of sustained intensity or light-fingered dexterity, and the concluding Prelude (in G flat) was ideally serene and intimate - as if Fripp were playing in his study for a few friends. As an advertised encore, the onward motion of the Humoresque enjoyed decisive fingerwork and interpretative inner strength, the reflective passages rhapsodising poetically." - Classical Source (Rachmaninov recital, Barbican Hall, London, February 2012).
Recent achievements: in 2012 Ashley won the Guildhall Gold Medal, the 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition and the Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2013 he won the Worshipful Company of Musicians' most
prestigious award - The Prince's Prize. Also this year he was selected by the European Concert Halls Organisation as Rising Star 2014/15 (details of the award below).