David Braid was born in Wrexham and grew up in Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast. His earliest introduction to music was through piano lessons with his mother when around eight years old, later taking violin and guitar lessons.
He was involved in various musical activities during his early teens ranging from playing in rock bands to fiddle playing in the school folk group, before focusing primarily on classical guitar and composition in his later teens.
David studied at The Royal College of Music from 1990-94, taking joint-first study in Guitar with Charles Ramirez and Composition with Edwin Roxburgh; also attending the composition classes of George Benjamin. David later undertook further composition study, with Robert Saxton at The University of Oxford.
He later took up the mandolin, which is now his primary instrument. He also plays the Renaissance lute.
David works have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and performed in the US, Germany, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, South America. Major UK performances have taken place at Wigmore Hall and The Purcell Room, King’s Place, et al.
The string orchestra version of his setting of Pablo Neruda’s poem Mañana, Morning, was premiered in Moscow. The original version, for soprano and string quartet received its UK premiere at the Wigmore Hall sung by Grace Davidson and features on his first CD (with Toccata Classics). Morning was also broadcast on Australian radio in summer 2011.
Steve Reich said of this 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”.
David is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including: The John Longmire Prize for Composition, Royal College of Music; The Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar, RCM; The Composition Prize for Youth Orchestra, Murcia, Spain; The Fine Arts Sinfonia Composition Prize (London); The Waterson Scholarship, University of Oxford; the Oppenheim/Downes Memorial Scholarship; The University Graduate Scholarship, University of Oxford and SPNM Short-listed composer 2001, among others.
As well as concert music, David has written film scores, most recently for Polish animation: Blask (Illumination) and the short film: Compartment. He also wrote the tutorial book/CD, Play Classical Guitar that was also published in Spanish translation (Backbeat Books, 2000).
M.Litt. (Composition), University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College
M.Mus. (Composition), Royal College of Music, London
Diploma (Composition/Conducting), Cracow Academy of Music, Poland
Dip.RCM. (Composition/Guitar), Royal College of Music, London
John Longmire Prize for Composition, Royal College of Music, London, 1998
Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar, Royal College of Music, London, 1993
Fine Arts Sinfonia Composition Prize, London, 2005