Contestant 7: Ashley Fripp
British pianist Ashley Fripp has recently been selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation onto their Rising Start scheme, and will be giving a tour across most of the major halls of Europe throughout 2014/15. This is one of the many honours the wonderboy has raked up so far.
Ashley has given solo, concerto and chamber music performances in many of the most prestigious venues throughout the UK, including the Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham Symphony, Barbican and Wigmore Halls. 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 Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and Silver Medal, and the Award for Keyboard at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. He has has also performed in the Edinburgh International, Brighton, Chipping Campden and City of London Festivals and made appearances on BBC television and radio.
Ashley Fripp studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and the Purcell School with Emily Jeffrey. In 2011 he graduated with First Class Honours from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now undertaking postgraduate studies with Ronan O’Hora. Future plans include performances throughout the UK, France, Germany and the USA. His CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos was recently released on the Spektral Records label.
To watch Ashley Fripp play Rachmaninov’s Prelude in F-sharp minor Op. 23 No. 1, click here.