David Braid

Hailed in the Canadian press as "A jazz genius to call our own" (MacLean's Magazine), Two-time Juno award winning David Braid is among a new generation of Canadian artists making his mark on international stages. Braid has performed across Western Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil, the United States and Canada.

Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid's original music engages audiences with melodic lyricism and rhythmic pulses that do not conform neatly to any one musical genre. His work has been described as "refreshingly uncategorizable" (Paris Transatlantic), "wide-ranging, exploratory" (South China Morning Post), "une force poétique" (Le Soleil) and "elegant" (Ottawa Citizen).

"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

Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over eighty works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award."

Braid graduated from the University of Toronto and was nominated for the Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal.

His most recent focus is on solo piano performances. In addition to his solo recording, VERGE, Braid's solo work is profiled in Daniel Berman's series "Solos: the Jazz Sessions" (Original Spin Media) along with pianists Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson and Jacky Terrason. Braid's solo work is also recorded on CBC's "Q", and "The Signal."

In addition to performing and composing, Braid is on faculty at the University of Toronto, and is an honorary guest professor at Xinghai Conservatory.

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