YOUNG ARTIST LATE BITE: September 10
George Fradley was raised in North Shropshire, on the border with Cheshire and Staffordshire. He began playing the piano at the age of seven, and within his first year of learning began receiving awards locally.
Prior to gaining a place at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, he received tuition from Katie Riddle. While at Junior Conservatoire George competed for the Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, under the guidance of his tutor Rebeca Omordia – accompanist to Julian Llloyd-Webber.
George has attended many summer schools including ‘Chethams International Summer School for Pianists’, where he received coaching from noted professionals including Philip Martin, Alekander Szram, Nelita True, and Murray McLachlan. In the summer of 2014 he attended ‘Music at Albignac’, studying with Paul Roberts and Martin Sturfalt.
In 2013 George received a music scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, under the guidance of Richard McMahon. During his time at RWCMD, George has played in masterclasses with Nelson Goener and Llyr Williams. George has also received coaching from Graham Caskie, Richard Ormrod and Benjamin Frith.
In the spring of 2014, and again in 2015, George won the overall Festival Prize at the Oswestry Youth Music Festival whilst also accompanying other competitors during the event – even in the final!
George competed in the Beethoven Piano Competition held at RWCMD, the Bryan Davis accompaniment prize, and in May 2015 he took part in the Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition in London, receiving a distinction for his playing.
George is not only an accomplished soloist, but also a passionate chamber musician. He is a member of the ‘Brookes Piano Trio‘ which competed for Cardiff Violins Prize in 2014, and took part in the Gould Trio’s Chamber Music Festival in October 2015, ‘Inner Voices, Outer Worlds’.
George is Musical Director for the Caldicot Musical Theatre Society which provides him with an outlet for his love of musical theatre, and is a repetiteur for Opera Ddraig.
At RWCMD George is is a director of the RepCo board, helping organise a series of monthly piano concerts, the Profile Piano Series. As part of the series, George performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in February 2015, with orchestra, in the Dora Stoutzker hall, conducted by Tianyi Lui, a highlight of his performing career so far.