“Sodi Braide is (…) prodigiously talented . Its sound is clear , the game is both powerful and smooth , it has moreover an innate sense of color and song.” Matthias Heizmann , Arte.tv.
“Sodi Braide is a born storyteller who takes us from the first moment (…) and keeps us in suspense from the first note to the last .” Jérôme Henri Cailleux La Lettre du Musicien
A cosmopolitan artist who has been influenced by diverse cultures, Sodi Braide loves exploring a wide Repertoire, styles and epochs.
He currently resides in Paris and plays in France (Radio France, Army Museum in Les Invalides, Salle Cortot, Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, Festival of Serres d’Auteuil, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Cloister of the Jacobins of Toulouse, Salle Molière… He also plays regularly in other European countries (England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Romania), and United States (notably in the “Rising Stars” series of the Ravinia festival as well as the Récitals Dame Myra Hess), Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador), South Korea, Africa and the Middle East. He was invited to play in South Africa in 1994, becoming one of the first pianists of black African origin to play after the end of apartheid.
Born of Nigerian parents in Newcastle (England), Sodi Braide starts the piano at the age of 3 years. He pursued his musical studies first in Nigeria and later in France at the National Conservatory of Music (CNSMD) in Paris in the classes of Jacques Rouvier and Gérard Frémy and at the “Ecole Normale de Paris” with Françoise Thinat. He was subsequently admitted to the class of Dimitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid and then to the prestigious Piano Foundation of Lake Como, where he was taught by such teachers as Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, Alicia de Larrocha and Charles Rosen among others.
Sodi Braide has won numerous international competitions, including those of Leeds (2003) and Van Cliburn (special jury prize “discretion prize jury”, 2005). He also played with partners such as Florent Héau, Juliette Hurel, Fanny Clamagirand, Ingrid Schoenlaub and Hélène Couvert. He is also the guest of orchestras such as the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the french Orchestra Inter Loire, the Orchestra “Tempo de Toulouse” and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Caracas.
Holder of the C.A., french piano teacher diploma, Sodi Braide teaches at the conservatory Claude Debussy of Paris, as well as at the Ecole Normale de musique. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses abroad, in the United States (Wheaton College of Music) and in South Korea (Seoul, as well as Seorak and Yeoncheon Academies), among others.
The performances of Sodi Braide were broadcast on television by the channels MEZZO and BBC. He participated in the DVD recording of the Carnival of Animals of Saint-Saëns for the label LORCOM productions, with Pierre Arditi as a reciter. After his first solo CD dedicated to the composer César Franck (Lyrinx, 2006), his last solo recording is Franz Schubert’s piano work (Solstice, 2015). He was very favorably received by the critics: **** in Classica, “5 diapasons” of the Diapason magazine … In the Gramophone magazine (England), Bryce Morrison believes that “Braide was born to play Schubert, I suspect, many other things. “