Following a period of hesitation whether to take up science or music, Frank Braley ultimately decided to devote himself to music. He was admitted to the CNSMD in Paris, where he studied under the direction of Pascal Devoyon, Christian Ivaldi and Jacques Rouvier. By unanimous vote he received two first prizes: in the piano class and chamber music class. The spectacular success of a Grand Prix and Audience Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 1991 opened the door to the artist’s international career.
Braley performs all over the world with some of the best orchestras, including the Orchestre National de France, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of such famous conductors as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Armin Jordan, Stéphane Denève, Paul Mc Creesh and Kurt Masur. In many concert tours Frank Braley visited China, Japan and Italy. He is invited to festivals in Tanglewood and to the Proms in London, where he stepped in for Martha Argerich. He has also performed in Salle Pleyel in Paris, took part in La Folle Journée festivals in Nantes and in Japan and has recently performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the New Japan Philharmonic. He took part in a concert tour with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, of which he is the artistic director since 2014. Frank Braley is also a chamber musician, appearing on stage together with such artists as Maria João Pires, Gérard Caussé, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, as well as Gautier and Renaud Capuçon. With the latter, Braley has performed in many cities playing the complete set of Beethoven’s violin sonatas. Braley’s extensive discography includes albums of music by Gershwin and Schubert, piano works by Richard Strauss, Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, chamber works by Ravel and two albums recorded with cellist Gautier Capuçon for the Erato label with composition by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and Britten, as well as Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano.