Sodi Braide

A pianist and conductor of Nigerian origin born in England, Sodi Braide studied piano in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris, before pursuing his studies abroad at both the Reina Sofia Escuela Superior de Musica, Madrid and the Accademia Internazionale del Pianoforte Lago di Como, with such teachers as Françoise Thinat, Jacques Rouvier, Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Alicia de Larrocha and Charles Rosen.

Awarded prizes at prestigious competitions (Leeds in 2003 and Van Cliburn in 2005), Sodi Braide has since been invited to perform extensively worldwide, in France (Paris Philharmonie, Maison de Radio France, Invalides, Festival Chopin in Bagatelle, Salle Molière in Lyon, Reims Flâneries Musicales), the United Kingdom (Cheltenham Festival, Harrogate Festival, Cambridge Festival), the United States (Chicago Cultural Centre, Ravinia Festival), South Korea (Kumho Arts Hall, Seoul Arts Center). In 2021, he performed in duo with Khatia Buniatishvili during the 1st Gala Concert of the Paris Philharmonie. He has performed with the Paris Mozart Orchestra, France; the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Germany; the Hallé orchestra in the UK; the orchestras of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. He first performed in South Africa in 1994, becoming one of the first black musicians to perform there after the end of the Apartheid regime. At the age of 12, Sodi Braide participated in “Classic Aid II”, a televised charity gala concert, which included artists such as Placido Domingo and Lorin Maazel.

Sodi Braide also turned to conducting, first with Claire Levacher at the Paris Conservatoire and later on with Claire Gibault and her orchestra, the Paris Mozart Orchestra, which he was later invited to conduct several times. He also conducted the ‘Court-Circuit’ Ensemble for the world premiere of Michel Decoust’s work ‘Pianopolis’ at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris.

Sodi Braide’s performances have been broadcast on national TV in France (Mezzo) and the UK (BBC). He recorded his first solo CD for Lyrinx (César Franck), followed by a Schubert recital for Solstice in 2015, which received great critical acclaim: **** Classica, “5 Diapasons”… In ‘Gramophone’ magazine, Bryce Morrison wrote ‘Braide was born to play Schubert, and, I suspect, much else besides’. Alongside his solo career, Sodi Braide currently teaches at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva.



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