There are young pianists who play intelligently, young pianists who play poetically.
Both are united in this musician, and that is rare.
(Le Monde de la Musique ,Paris )
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Frank Braley was born in 1968, and began his piano studies at the age of four. Six years later he gave his first concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Salle Pleyel. In 1986 he decided to devote himself entirely to music and abandoned his studies in science. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and three years later he was awarded unanimously first prizes for piano and chamber music. In 1991, at the age of 22, he took part for the first time in an international competition, the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium and won the First Grand Prize. Public and press unanimously recognise him as a pianist with exceptional musical and poetic qualities.
Since then, Frank Braley has been regularly invited to Japan, Canada, the United States, and all over Europe, to play with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Orchestra della Swizzera Italiana, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Montpellier and Toulouse Orchestras, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Liège Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Den Haag Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony, Copenhagen Royal Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, BBC Wales Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Jean-Claude Casadesus, Stéphane Deneve, Charles Dutoit, Hans Graf, Gunther Herbig, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Yutaka Sado, Michael Schonwandt, Walter Weller…
Frank Braley toured all over the world: in China with the Orchestre National de France under Charles Dutoit, Japan and China with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson, with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under Emmanuel Krivine in France and Italy, and again Italy with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. He gave recitals with the violinist Renaud Capuçon (Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Firenze, Ferrara, New York, Washington, Paris, Vienna). He also participates in special projects, such as Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Cycle (La Roque d’Anthéron, Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Grenoble, Rome, Tokyo and Brazil). In 2011 and 2012 he is playing with Renaud Capuçon the Integral of Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano through Europe (Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bordeaux, Grenoble, London Wigmore Hall), as well as in Singapore and Hong-Kong.
In July 2011 he replaced Martha Argerich at the London Proms with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Myung-Whun Chung (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon).
For Harmonia Mundi he has recorded Schubert’s Sonata in A Major D. 959 and Klavierstücke D. 946 (for which he received the Diapason d’Or and has been compared to Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff…), Richard Strauss’ works for piano solo, Beethoven’ Sonatas Clair de lune op.27 n°2, Appassionata op. 57 and op. 110, Gershwin’s complete piano music. For BMG : Poulenc’s Double Concerto with Eric Le Sage (Diapason d’Or). For Naïve DVD Liszt- Debussy-Gershwin (Choc – Monde de la Musique). For Warner/Erato, he has recorded Ravel’s Chamber music with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Saint Saens’ Carnaval des Animaux and Schubert’s Trout, Schubert’s Trios with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hungarian Dances with Nicholas Angelich. Recently released: the Integral of Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon and duo recital with Gautier Capuçon.
After a release Schubert/Debussy/Britten/Carter with Gautier Capuçon (Erato), Frank Braley Frank recorded with Gautier the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven, always for Erato, followed by tours of recitals throughout the world, Paris Pleyel and Philharmonie, Bordeaux, Chambéry, Lyon, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Geneva, La Lime of Funds, London, Vienna, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul…
Frank Braley is teacher at the Paris Conservatory and Music Director of the Belgium Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.