French-British pianist RIOPY has been in the Billboard Classical charts for nearly 13O weeks with his second album Tree of Light, released in 2O19. It was No.1 in the US for five weeks in January and February 2O22. Today, his music has garnered over 650 million streams.
Jean-Philippe RIOPY had a difficult upbringing, during which the piano was his lifeline. An entirely self-taught player, he left his home country at 18 years old to try his luck abroad. RIOPY had one goal: to make a living from his music. After ten years of travels and many fateful encounters, such as with Chris Martin who gave him a piano, he settled in London and began to compose for cinema. Despite this success in his life and career, he still faced the struggle of chronic depression. This vulnerability emerged in the music of his first two albums, RIOPY and Tree of Light in 2018 and 2019 with Warner Classics.
In 2020, RIOPY returned to France for a few months, marking the beginning of a peaceful era, and released BLISS, thereby closing a musical trilogy.
In January 2022, he ranked #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts for three consecutive weeks, and his career took on a new dimension: he began a French tour that quickly became European. In ten months, RIOPY played for sold-out audiences in five Paris venues and performed across Europe in London, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Montreux, and soon again in the UK for a twelve-city tour. In December, he traveled across the Atlantic to perform in Montreal, San Francisco, and two sold-out concerts in New York and Los Angeles.
The year 2023 has begun with a stable position in the top 10 of the Billboard Classical Charts for 120 weeks, a cumulative 600 million streams, a feature on Lana del Rey’s forthcoming album, and his fourth album on April 14: THRIVE.
THRIVE evokes the inner strength that guides us to fulfill our goals, the willpower that leads to positive evolution. This is the feeling that led RIOPY to create this new album. The pianist found this collective strength in notes and themes of great composers from classical music history and in integrating strings into his compositions for the first time. With THRIVE, he has written a new chapter.
This year, RIOPY performs throughout Europe, then returns to the United States before touring in Asia for the first time, where China and Japan are calling his name.
∫ THRIVE ]
THRIVE marks the beginning of a new chapter for RIOPY. It will be the first of his albums to include strings alongside the evocative and powerful pianism.
As well as new compositions for solo piano, the album features the composer-pianist’s take on famous music which has most inspired him, including works by Satie, Pachelbel, Beethoven, Fauré, Debussy and Chopin. He has transformed their much-loved melodies into cinematic scores of his own, and composed lush arrangements for string orchestra. He explains: "The piano has always helped me find this momentum, this inner strength, and composing for strings has opened up new horizons for me. The reinterpreted melodies on this album are a metaphor to show that everything can evolve."
∫ 1. NOCTURNE
] 2. MEMORY OF WATER
∫ 3. COSTA DA CAPARICA
] 4. ORIGIN
∫ 5. THRIVE
] 6. PIANO ALLEGRETTO
] 7. MELANCHOLIA
∫ 8. SAKURA
] 9. ASCENT OF THE MOON
∫ 1O. EVER AFTER
] 11. LILY’S LULLABY
] 12. INNER PEACE
∫ 13. A SECRET PLACE
] 14. ESSENCE OF LIGHT
] 15. DIPEMNOGY
∫ 16. DAWN OF EVOLUTION
] 17. LA NOCTURNE
THE WORLD TOUR
RIOPY began a tour in the spring of 2O22 that will conclude in Japan and China in the autumn of 2O24.
The millions of people who listen to his music all over the world will finally be able to hear RIOPY play in venues of human dimensions – to discover his virtuosity, his spontaneity, the sincerity of an artist who has created a life for himself through determination and who now blissfully shares his music and his experience with as many people as he can.
Performance coproduced and tour organized by Junzi Arts.