“Excels in the classical repertoire thanks to subtle keyboard work and exquisite interpretation, but feels equally at home with contemporary works”. ClassiqueNews.com
For a long time, Frank Braley was torn between the study of science and his love of the piano. He ultimately chose music, going on to achieve an international career. At the Paris CNSMD he attended classes taught by P. Devoyon, C. Ivaldi and J. Rouvier, which he completed first in class in piano and chamber music.
His exceptional musical and poetic talent has found favour with his teachers, who sent him to play at the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in 1991. Since then, he has been continually receiving invitations to play concerts in Japan, the United States, Canada and countries all over Europe. He has played with the Orchestre de Pris, Orchestre National de France and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France. Braley has played under the direction of J.-C. Casadesus, S. Denève, C. Dutoit, K. Masur and Sir Y. Menuhin. In 2003 he participated in the inauguration of Zankel Hall, a new hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, playing a concert together with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. A refined musician, Frank Braley is also interested in chamber music. His first album was devoted to works by Schubert (the “Nouveaux Interprètes” collection) and brought him the Diapason d’Or, as well as favourable comparisons with Arrau, Brendel and Lupu. His next record, containing recordings by Strauss, garnered similar reviews. Braley’s numerous recordings, including Beethoven’s piano sonatas (Harmonia Mundi), chamber music works by Ravel recorded together with R. and G. Capuçon (Virgin Classics) and Schumann’s collected works played with E. Le Sage have been received with great enthusiasm. Braley’s latest album, containing Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano was recorded together with R. Capuçon.