Alexis Ffrench is a classical pianist, improviser and composer of rare distinction. "The combination of these gifts gives his performances an arresting individuality and an air of spontaneous sensitivity to a degree which is rarely heard nowadays. In recitals and concertos he has proved to be a born performer, responding at his best before an audience. He has a true performers flair and his playing is marked by an inspired individuality, a quality that has been rarer and rarer in recent times."
Born in 1970 Alexis began to improvise on the piano at the age of 4. A church organist at 7, he won scholarships to study at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, London in 1981. He later won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama graduating with an AGSM Distinction and the Sheriffs' prize for piano. A two-year period of postgraduate study on the Advanced Solo Studies course followed culminating in the 'Premier prix' (Concert recital Diploma.) Alexis first came to prominence as a solo classical pianist in 1992 as a result of winning the first Portobello Concert Artists Award.
"…And there was a pianist Alexis Alexander Ffrench who brought the entire audience to its feet, and was subsequetly chosen to appear on television playing music by Samuel Coleridge Taylor"--Michael Dickson, Classical Music Magazine（网摘）