Short Biography (February 2017)
Hailed in the Canadian press as "one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music" (The Ottawa Citizen), and "a jazz genius to call our own" (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is a seven-time Juno nominee, and winner of two Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, and ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’
Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations regularly in Continental Europe, England, Scandinavia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada.
Combining the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s music is described as "refreshingly uncategorizable" (Paris Transatlantic), "brilliant" (Montreal Gazette), "wide-ranging, exploratory" (South China Morning Post), "une force poétique" (Le Soleil) and "hauntingly beautiful" (The Globe & Mail).
David Braid is an official Steinway Artist, a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK, and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: ’Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.’
His arrangements and compositions were an integral part of the Chet Baker-inspired film, ’Born to Be Blue’ and his jazz score received praise for its "contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" (The Times, UK). He also won ’Best Original Song’ and ’Best Original Score’ at the 2017 Screen Awards.
"Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time." – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (USA)
"ace jazz pianist" – Rex Reed, New York Observer