Ethan French is a highly passionate multi-instrumentalist musician & composer, having considerable experience in performing, composing, arranging and recording music; from instrumental to vocal-based works in a myriad of styles.
His primary instruments include piano & voice, and he also has experience on guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and various percussion instruments – often employing such skills when producing both original songs and covers. Ethan is currently studying musical composition at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), after being accepted for both contemporary piano and composition.
At age 15 he received first place in the year 7 – 12 instrumental category in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) national songwriting competition, and in his final year of schooling, Ethan performed an original composition featuring string orchestra (in addition to piano & voice) at St George’s Cathedral. After studying Music ATAR at Aquinas College (both piano and composition), he graduated with a music practical score in excess of 90%; Ethan was invited to audition for the prestigious Performing Arts Perspectives concert (held at the Perth Concert Hall), and performed an original arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at the event earlier this year. In addition, Ethan has performed at Badlands and Fremantle’s Fly By Night Musician’s Club.
His influences are fairly broad, spanning from contemporary artists (John Mayer, Coldplay, Damien Rice, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles) to Jazz (Jacob Collier, Bill Evans, Brad Meldau, Tigran Hamasyan) to Classical (Ravel, Beethoven).