Sodi Braide

Classical pianist

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A cosmopolitan artist influenced by numerous cultures, Sodi Braide likes to explore a large repertoire, of different styles and periods. Currently living in Paris, he performs in France (Radio France, Salle Cortot, Bagatelle Chopin Festival, Serres d’Auteuil Festival, Chambord Festival, “Flâneries musicales” Reims festival, amongst others). He has also performed in the United Kingdom (Harrogate, Cheltenham and Cambridge Summer Music Festivals), Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, Luxemburg, Romania as well as the United States (Ravinia “Rising Stars” series and Dame Myra Hess recitals, Chicago, amongst others), Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador), South Korea, Africa and the Middle East. He was invited to perform in South Africa in 1994, thus becoming one of the first black African pianists to perform there after the end of apartheid.

Born of Nigerian parents in Newcastle (United Kingdom), Sodi Braide started playing the piano at the age of 3. He continued his musical studies in Nigeria and then in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris with Jacques Rouvier and Gerard Fremy, and at the Ecole Normale, Paris with Françoise Thinat. He was then admitted into the class of Dmitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofia School, Madrid, before being granted residency at the prestigious Lake Como Piano Foundation where he took part in masterclasses by musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, Alicia de Larrocha and Charles Rosen, amongst others.

Sodi Braide has won numerous prizes in international competitions, notably in the international competitions of Leeds (2003) and Van Cliburn (Jury Discretional Prize, 2005). He is an avid chamber music performer and has also performed with orchestras such as the Neue Philarmonie Westfalen, the Inter Loire Orchestra, the Paris International Orchestra, the Toulouse Tempo Orchestra and the Caracas National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sodi Braide took part in the 2003 DVD recording of Saint-Saens’ Carnaval des Animaux for LORCOM productions, with Pierre Arditi as narrator. After his début solo recording of works by César Franck (Lyrinx, 2006), his latest solo recording is of piano works by Franz Schubert (Solstice, 2015). It received excellent reviews (“Braide was born to play Schubert, and , I suspect, much else besides”: Bryce Morrison in Gramophone magazine UK, **** in Classica magazine, France, “5 diapasons” in Diapason magazine, France). Sodi’s performances have been broadcast on TV by MEZZO and the BBC.

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