In 1991, at the age of 22, Frank Braley won the Grand Prize and the Public Prize at the prestigious Belgian Queen Elisabeth Competition. The public and the press immediately saw him as a great laureate, with exceptional musical and poetic skill.
He has performed with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Bordeaux, Lille, Montpellier and Toulouse Orchestras, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Royal Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more. He has played under the baton of conductors like Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Eliahu Inbal, Kurt Masur, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Yutaka Sado…
He has been Musical Director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia since 2014.
As well as regular solo performances, he is also passionate about chamber music. He regularly plays with Roel Dieltiens and the Ensemble Explorations, Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay, Emmanuel Pahud, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Paul Meyer, Gérard Caussé, Eric Le Sage, Mischa Maïski and Yuri Bashmet, among others.
Frank Braley also has a passion for original projects. In 2004, he participated in a full performance of Beethoven’s sonatas at the La Roque d’Anthéron festival, in Paris, Rome and Brazil, and also in Bilbao, Lisbon and Tokyo in 2005.
His discography, which has won him numerous awards (including the Diapason d’Or, Monde de la Musique’s CHOC prize, and Gramophone’s Recording of the month), is available from Harmonia Mundi, BMG, Virgin Classics and Erato.