Ashley Hribar is an Australian born pianist, composer and improviser. 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 worked with composers and performers including Erberk Eryılmaz, Snezana Nesic, Felix Kubin and Helmut Lachenmann, Ayşe Göknur 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 Germany and The Netherlands; EMBRACE for keyboard, looping and delay techniques and improvisations to various silent films including Sherlock Jnr (Buster Keaton), Hamlet (Svend Gade and Heinz Schall) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene). Ashley’s solo program Magic Hands has been performed several times throughout China between 2014-16. His collaborative multi-media project Sound and Colour in Scriabin’s Piano Sonatas, is a collaborative performance of Scriabin’s piano sonatas, enhanced by video projections of Australian opals.
Ashley’s compositions, mainly for piano, are poly-stylistic collages, that often employing extended piano techniques, the utilization of objects and voice. Recent commissions include; Richard III (1911), a sound track/dance score to the silent film for the York-based company Silents Now; Betty Rettet die Volksbühne, a duo theatre production with Bettina Lamprecht premiered at the Volksbühne in Berlin. His solo album, Piano Rhapsody for Auster Records features his own compositions Paganini Variations and ‘ash’ Fantasie and his cadenza for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which has been performed by pianists Konstantin Shamray, Aki Fuji, and Mekhla Kumar. His latest solo album, nominated for South Australian Arts Awards, features solo improvisations as inspired by Adam Page, was recorded for Wizard Tone Records in 2016.
Ashley and has been heard in countless festivals including the Mersin International Music festival (Turkey), Port Fairy 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 with Stefan Ammer, Stephen McIntyre, Eleonora Sivan, Graham Williams (pupil of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod) and in Germany with 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.