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Sunday 12th February 2023, 7:30pm

Riopy is a pianist and composer who wants to change the world, one note at a time.

Following a sold-out European tour which included a capacity crowd at London’s Union Chapel, RIOPY – the self-taught Franco-British pianist/composer with more than half a billion streams to his name and an album which has been at the top of the US Billboard charts for over 100 weeks – now undertakes his first UK tour.

Born in rural France, his mother left home with him when he was six months old, eventually joining a cult, where family ties were discouraged – and obedience to the head guru was paramount. Deprived of any outside culture, young Jean-Philippe taught himself to play on an abandoned piano when he was two, making up songs in his head, then performing them.

Riopy was drawn to the piano as it allowed him to focus on creating music from scratch, quiet his mind from his OCD anxieties and to retreat into his own private world. ‘I understood tones, sounds and numbers, because I’d always been counting,’ he says. ‘Playing piano was the only place I felt safe. I discovered something new every time I sat down at the piano. It was the only thing I enjoyed doing. And even if I wasn’t at the piano, I’d play music in my head to cope with stress.’

He left for the UK in his twenties and his fortunes changed when he was given a Steinway piano by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. He began to compose trailers for Hollywood films (Danish GirlShape of WaterMr. Turner…) and international advertising campaigns (Samsung, Armani, Ikea, Peugeot…). His first two albums RIOPY and Tree of Light became successes worldwide, powered by personal recommendation and word of mouth. His music has reached 450 million streams worldwide, and now he’s excited by the release of his new album (Extended) Bliss on Warner Classics.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience Riopy’s music live, a source for positivity, mindfulness and solace to millions around the world.

With support from Adam Naas


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Location:Turner Sims Concert Hall
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