Ashley Hribar is an Australian born pianist and composer. As a strong advocate for contemporary music, his performances often straddle between composer and improviser, using traditional repertoire in the context for free improvisations.
Ashley was winner of the 2005 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam and has since collaborated with composers and performers including Erberk Eryılmaz, Snezana Nesic, Felix Kubin and Helmut Lachenmann, Ayse Goknur Shanal (Soprano), Rachel Johnston (cello) and Bobby Mitchell (piano).
Recent performances include Olivier Messiaen’s monumental piano cycle Vingt regards sur l'enfant-jésus in Holland and Germany; EMBRACE for keyboard, looping and delay techniques and improvisations to various silent films including Sherlock Jnr (Buster Keaton) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene). Ashley’s solo program Magic Hands has been performed several times throughout China, most recently between 2014 - 2016. His collaborative multi-media project I am GOD, is a unification of his own video projections of Australian opals to the performance of Scriabin’s piano sonatas.
Ashley’s compositions, mainly for piano, are polystylistic collages often employing extended piano techniques, the utilization of objects and voice. Recent commissions include the theatre production Betty rettet die Volskbuehne (2017), performed at the Volksbuehne in Berlin with German actress Bettina Lamprecht and the sound track/dance score to Richard III for the York-based company, Silents Now. His solo CD Piano Rhapsody for Auster Records features his own compositions Paganini Variations and ‘Ash’ Fantasie. His cadenza for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue has been played by several pianists including Konstantin Shamray, Aki Fuji, and Mekhla Kumar.
Ashley and has been heard in countless festivals including the Mersin International Music festival (Turkey), Port Fariy Spring Festival (Australia), Koper Biennale (Slovenia), Schwetzinger Festspiele, Beethovenfest Bonn, Ultima Festival (Oslo), Gaudeamus Week (Amsterdam). He has given live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM radio, the Bavarian Radio (BR), Middle German Radio (MDR); Austrian Radio (ORF) and is frequently heard on ABC Classic FM (Australia).
Ashley is indebted to the following teachers in Australia; Stefan Ammer, Stephen McIntyre, Eleonora Sivan, Graham Williams (pupil of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod) and in Germany, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Adelaide, researching the piano music of Frederic Rzewski.
Ashley is a passionate visual artist, who enjoys painting, drawing and carving Australian opals.
photo by Yoshi Toscani