Kawai Pianos have built a reputation for producing high quality pianos, not just for practise at home, but also for world class artists on the concert platform. This relationship between manufacturer and artist has always been very important, as it pushes a manufacturer like Kawai to keep refining their instruments and improving them.
British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall in New York, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls in London.
He has won numerous prestigous prizes, including the 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 and the Award for Keyboard at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.
Ashley Fripp is a First Class Honours graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he is currently pursuing postgraduate studies with Ronan O’Hora. His CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos was released by Spektral Records in Spring 2013.
Ashley says about Kawai: “The Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand is the Crown Jewel amongst Kawai’s pianos and is a model representing world class craftsmanship. It offers boundless possibilities for expression and delivers a deeply powerful and engaging creative experience.”