David Braid (composer/piano)

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“Sophisticated authenticity” – New York Observer
“Refreshingly uncategorizable” – Paris Transatlantic

Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music” (The Ottawa Citizen), composer and jazz pianist, David Braid is a nine-time nominee and three-time winner of Canada's highest music prize, the Juno Award. His first classical composition was nominated for Classical Album of the year, and his first film score won two Screen Awards for Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. He is also a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.

David Braid is a Steinway Artist, Composer-in-Residence for Sinfonia UK Collective, and Adjunct Professor at the Danish National Academy of Music.

Concertizing throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Japan, Australia and Canada his original music is described as: “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful.” (The Globe & Mail)

His arrangements and compositions were an integral part of the Chet Baker-inspired film, Born to Be Blue and his jazz score received praise for its “contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity” (The Times, UK).

“Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time.” – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (USA)

April 2021
Steinway Artist
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