Frank Braley was born in 1968, and began his piano studies at the age of four. Six years later he gave his first concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Salle Pleyel. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and was awarded unanimously first prizes for piano and chamber music three years later. In 1991 he took part in the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium where he won the First Grand Prize. Since then, Frank Braley has been regularly invited to Japan, Canada, the United States, and all over Europe, to play with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Den Haag Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Michael Schonwandt…
For Harmonia Mundi he has recorded Schubert’s Sonata in A Major D. 959 and Klavierstücke D. 946 (for which he received the Diapason d’Or), Richard Strauss’ works for solo piano, Beethoven’s Sonatas Clair de lune op.27 n°2, Appassionata op. 57 and op. 110, Gershwin’s complete piano music. For BMG : Poulenc’s Double Concerto with Eric Le Sage (Diapason d’Or). For Naïve DVD Liszt- Debussy-Gershwin (Choc – Monde de la Musique). For Warner/Erato, he has recorded Ravel’s Chamber music with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Saint Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux and Schubert’s Trout, Schubert’s Trios with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hungarian Dances with Nicholas Angelich. After a Schubert/Debussy/Britten/Carter release, Frank Braley Frank and Gautier Capuçon recorded Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano. (Erato, 2016). Latest release: Beethoven’s Ghost and Archduke piano trios with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. (Erato, Febuary 2020).
Frank Braley teaches at the Paris Conservatory and is the Music Director of the Belgium Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.