“Very honest stuff” – Steve Reich on ‘Morning’
“Certainly one of the most distinctive and beautiful new-music albums of recent times,” Presto Classical
The music of Welsh, London-based composer, David Braid, has been performed internationally in Europe and the Americas and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Major UK performances include Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, King’s Place, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1901 Arts Club, amongst others.
Steve Reich said of David’s work: “Morning – Integration of voice with string quartet beautifully done – particularly first entrance. Writing for instruments is solid and sounds very good to me. Very honest stuff”.
Recordsinternational.com said in a review of David’s recent CD with Toccata Classics (David Braid: Chamber and Instrumental Music): “These recent chamber works represent the mature style of an intensely self-critical composer who acknowledges a wide diversity of enthusiasms and influences, which have been thoroughly absorbed into a personal idiom”.
David studied at The Royal College of Music from 1990-94, taking joint-first study in Composition with Edwin Roxburgh and Guitar with Charles Ramirez; also attending George Benjamin’s composition classes. David subsequently undertook postgraduate composition study with Robert Saxton at The University of Oxford (St. Anne’s College) and at The Cracow Academy of Music.
He is also the recipient of a number of awards including The John Longmire Prize for Composition and the Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar, both at the Royal College of Music; plus the Edinburgh University Brass Band Composition Prize.
In spring 2017 David founded The Braid Ensemble, a chamber group of world-class performers dedicated to performing his music. They made their London debut in July 2018 at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room:
This year (2020) David also founded The Braid Group – www.braid-group.com – a different chamber group of soprano, viola and guitar/mandolin, this time focussed on his works for voice (without piano). Their debut concert is in December at Lauderdale House in London.
All of David’s works involving guitar – songs, duos (with violin, viola, flute, unspecified instrument), ensemble works with piano, voice, clarinet, etc. (plus his 1st Symphony) – are published by Doberman-Yppan/Productions D’Oz: David Braid publisher’s page
His works for lute (songs and solos) are published in 2016 by Paris-based foundation
Le Luth Doré: www.leluthdore.com
Recent audio releases – downloads on all platforms:
– Cinematic Memories – all instruments: David Braid:
– Terminal Beach– all instruments: David Braid: