Ashley Fripp has given solo recital, chamber music and concerto performances in many of the most prestigious venues throughout the U.K., such as the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and the Anvil. International invitations have taken him to Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola, Poland, and Stuttgart, Weimar and Regensburg, Germany.
He has won first prizes at many notable competitions, including the 1st Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists in 2006 and in 2004 he reached the nationally televised Keyboard Section Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and won first prize in the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers’ Competition 2004 which resulted in a broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Ashley Fripp was born in Hampshire and 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 and Teresa Carreño Memorial Prizes, as well as the Peter Morrison Concerto Prize. Upon leaving in July 2007, Ashley was awarded the Esther Coleman Prize, awarded to an outstanding student who has greatly contributed to the life of the Junior Department.
In September 2007 Ashley moved to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is currently studying with Ronan O’Hora, Head of Keyboard, provided with a full scholarship. More recent performances have been at the Roundhouse, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Future engagements include a range of activities including several solo and chamber music recitals throughout the U.K. and a collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra featuring performances at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
Ashley Fripp is a Yamaha Scholarship Artist and gratefully recognises the financial support of The Music Students' Hostel Trust and the Alec Beecheno Award.