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British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie halls of Cologne, Paris, Luxembourg and Warsaw, the Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Megaron (Athens), and the Konserthus (Stockholm). 

He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including at the Hamamatsu (Japan), Birmingham, and Leeds International Piano Competitions, the Royal OverSeas League Competition, the Concours Européen de Piano (France), and the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Ashley was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ highest award, The Prince’s Prize, and was chosen as a ‘Rising Star’ by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). He has performed in the Chipping Campden, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, Buxton, City of London, and St. Magnus International Festivals as well as the Oxford International Piano Festival, the Festival Pontino di Musica (Italy), the MecklenburgVorpommern Festspiele (Germany) and the Powsin International Piano Festival (Poland). Ashley has also given an open-air Chopin recital beside the world-famous Chopin monument in Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park to an audience of 2,500 people. 

A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. Commercial recordings include Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with the Kammerorchester der Universität Regensburg (Spektral Records, 2013), an album of solo repertoire by J. S. Bach, Thomas Adès and Chopin (Willowhayne Records, 2018), and ‘The Saxophone Craze: Homage to Rudy Wiedoeft’ with classical saxophonist Jonathan Radford (Champs Hill Records, 2022). In Autumn 2023, a commercial film production will be released featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, with accompanying concert tours in Germany and the Czech Republic, to commemorate the composer’s 150th anniversary year.

 Ashley studied with Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Ronan O’Hora. In 2021, he was awarded a doctorate for his research into the music of British composer Thomas Adès.