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"her poised performance luxuriated in rich, late romantic language"
Glasgow Herald 

"brilliant articulation with a deeply romantic feel for the music" 
Dacorum Independent 

"deeply musical" 
Paul Hamburger

Biography

Rachel Fryer (piano) has been widely praised for her depth of musical understanding, sensitive interpretations and virtuosity. She lives in Sussex and is greatly in demand both as a soloist and accompanist.

Rachel's educational background is very diverse, having studied as far afield as Kharkov, Ukraine, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The Royal College of Music, where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Advanced Performance and many prizes. She has received guidance from renowned pianists including John Lill, Barry Douglas, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Kovacevich and Bernard Roberts.

Rachel has performed throughout Britain at venues including Croydon's Fairfield Hall and St. John Smith's Square and for music societies including the Beethoven Piano Society as well as on luxury cruise liners. Her recordings have been broadcast on Classic FM and on European radio and television.

Early in her playing career, Rachel was inspired by working with Live Music Now! which was founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin to bring the joy of live music to people who cannot otherwise access it. She is still passionate about keeping music accessible and at the heart of the community, and is doing just that as Founder and Concert Director for Music and Wine at St.Luke's, a concert series in Queen’s Park, Brighton.

Rachel is a strong supporter of contemporary music and has worked with and premiered pieces by many composers including Richard Causton and Barry Mills and Samuel Becker, receiving funding from the PRS Foundation.

Recently Rachel has performed for the Brighton Philharmonic Chamber music series and worked with education projects including Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Orchestra of Sound and Light and Kidenza.

Rachel regularly performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations which she has also recorded. She is currently working on a project to commission five composers to jointly create a 21st century response to the work, which will be called Variations down the line.

In addition to performing, Rachel is Visiting Lecturer in Piano Studies and Accompanist at the East Sussex Academy of Music in Lewes.


Reviews

Downloadable .pdf documents (click on them to open the review) 

Goldberg Variations - Quotes from Audience

Grieg review

Haywards Heath Recital November 2009

Rachel Fryer, Music on Sundays, Christ Church, Chichester - Chichester Observer 18th June, 2009 

Rachel Fryer, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 with Dacorum Symphony Orchestra at Berkhamsted School, Berkhamsted February 2009 - review by Philip Worth

Fairfield Hall review January 2006

Review of World Premier, Sunday December 11th, 2005 for "Latest" magazine 

Summer was in August British Film Music Cameo 2030