Stephen Ridley was born in a small village of 40 people in the North Of England. He started playing the piano at 2 years old and received a scholarship into one of the best academic schools in the country. He then graduated with a triple first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from a top university and got a job at a top investment bank.
Quickly realising he was unsatisfied, he spontaneously quit his job, pushed an old upright piano into the middle of the street and started playing (less than 1 hour after being at his desk). He had no idea what he was doing. At the end of his first song, Stephen turned around and saw hundreds of people blocking the streets. Moved, he decided he was going to follow his dream of making it as an artist, and this would start by simply putting beauty into the world without reservation.
He realised he was playing to thousands of people each day. With that came a lot of people approaching him with various ideas, and leaving their cards. After 9 months, he sent one email to all the business cards he’d received saying "My name is Stephen Ridley. You saw me playing piano in the streets. You had an idea and left me your card. My answer is yes.”
In the 12 months that followed, Stephen played in over 50 countries. He played everywhere from Shanty Towns in India, and Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, to privates shows on private islands for Forbes List Billionaires, and Royal Parties in London. He played for rich and poor alike, from hospitals to palaces, and with each show came a new momentum - as more people in the audiences came up with more ideas.
He started to become well known with the world’s super rich, who were hiring him for their private soirees. At the same time, he grew enormous popularity in Russia and Eastern Europe, having hit songs on radio and TV, and playing more than 400 shows. He started to attract major brands, playing at the opening of Monaco Grand Prix in 2022 with Gulfstream, as well as multiple shows for Louis Vuitton, Omega, and Krug Champagne. Then came COVID. Stephen took to social media, doing 6 hours of live content streaming on Instagram every day. He grew from 8,000 followers to 560,000 followers in a year. His videos received over 200 million views, and suddenly he realised he could actually do this.
His concerts are more than entertainment, they’re often described as a spiritual experience. He is a true artist, and has a way to tell the stories of our lives in a way that reflects back who we are, and aspire to be. A unique performer. Ferociously dynamite on the piano, barefoot, dripping in sweat.