Frank Braley


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Frank Braley was only twenty-two years old when he first entered an international competition: the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition of 1991, in which he won First Prize and the Audience Prize. Public and press were in agreement that here was a winner of exceptional stature, with outstanding musical and poetic qualities. This overnight fame opened the doors of the foremost concert venues in Japan, the USA and Canada, and the whole of Europe. In the concerto repertoire, he has been partnered by the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has played under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Eliahu Inbal, and Yutaka Sado. In addition to his regular solo appearances, Frank Braley is also a keen chamber musician. He frequently performs with Roel Dieltiens and the Ensemble Explorations, Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay, Emmanuel Pahud, and Renaud Capuçon. Frank Braley is an enthusiast for unusual projects: notable among these has been his participation, in 2004, in the complete cycle of the Beethoven sonatas given at the Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron and in Paris, Rome, and Brazil. This cycle has been repeated in Bilbao, Lisbon, and Tokyo in 2005. His four recordings released on harmonia mundi were all warmly received by press and public.