“Very honest stuff” – Steve Reich on ‘Morning’
“Certainly one of the most distinctive and beautiful new-music albums of recent times,” Presto Classical
Promo films of The Braid Ensemble (others available on YouTube):
Filmed at Masterchord Studios by www.bieleckiandbielecka.com
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.
David recently won (February 2017) the Edinburgh University Brass Band Composition Prize for his work Intermezzo, Op. 51.
In spring 2017 David founded The Braid Ensemble, a chamber group of world-class performers dedicated to performing his music. They will make their London debut in February 2018 at the Schott Recital Room: www.braidensemble.com
All of David’s works involving guitar – songs, duos with violin, viola, 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 music for brass and percussion is published by Experianza Music: http://www.experianzamusic.com/david-braid
His works for lute (songs and solos) are published in 2016 by Paris-based foundation
Le Luth Doré: www.leluthdore.com