Frank Braley, Conductor & piano
He began studying the piano with his mother when he was 4. He performed his first concert at the age of 10 with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. He then went into traditional education and got his Baccalaureate at 17. He began science studies at university before swapping to music: at the age of 18 he joined the Paris Conservatory where he worked with Pascal Devoyon, Christian Ivaldi and Jacques Rouvier. He won first prize for piano and chamber music.
In 1991 he won first prize and the people's choice at the Queen Elizabeth International Musical Competition in Belgium. His career took off after that. He has travelled and performed all over the world with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan and Kurt Masur. He also performs as a chamber musician and at recitals with artists including Éric Le Sage, Mischa Maisky, Emmanuel Pahud and Maria João Pires. He appears at the biggest festivals every year: La Roque-d'Anthéron, Périgord Noir, Le Violon sur le Sable etc. He is a bookworm and big fan of jazz.
Frank Braley usually plays chamber music with Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon. A recording of ten sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven came out in 2010.
Frank Braley has taught at the Paris Conservatory since September 2011.
At the end of 2012, the Royal Wallonia Chamber Orchestra announced he would take over from Augustin Dumay as musical director of the group in the 2013-14 season. He not only had to conduct from the piano in piano concertos where he played solos but also take charge of a good amount of conducting the orchestra and exploring chamber music with soloists at each stand during his term.
He was a jury member for the entire session (short lists to final challenges) of the International Queen Elizabeth Musical Competition in Flagey and the Palais des Beaux-Arts from May to June 2013.
Frank Braley has been the musical director of the Royal Wallonia Chamber Orchestra since January 2014.