Biography

 
Gavin Brady was born in 1978 in Dundee, a city on the east-coast of Scotland.  His early musical studies were with the trumpet then, at the age of 13, he took up the piano seriously.  In 1996 he was awarded a place in the piano class at the Royal Scottish  Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) now know as the RCS in Glasgow where he studied for six years,  gaining a Bachelor of Music Honours degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Master of Music degree.


Gavin won first prizes in all RCS competitions including the Claude Debussy Competition, the John Ireland Competition, the Governors’ Chamber Music Competition and the Dunbar-Gerber Chamber Music Competition, and was fortunate to be financially supported with scholarships from the Sir James Caird Trust, the Robertson Trust, the Dundee Educational Trust and the RSAMD Trust.


During his time at the RCS Gavin was fortunate to study and have  master-classes with the entire piano faculty, including Jean Hutchison, Fali Pavri, John Thwaites, Philip Jenkins, Jack Keany and  Phillip Silver.  He was also selected for  master-classes with distinguished visiting artists including Charles Rosen, John Lill, Murray McLachlan, Artur Pizarro and Boris Berman, and chamber music master-classes with the Allegri Quartet, Malcolm Martineau, Martino Tirimo, the Florestan Trio and the Gould Trio.


Gavin has given Solo and Chamber Music recitals all over the Europe.  Solo and Chamber music performances have taken him to venues across England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Greece.  In 2002 (supported by the British Council) he toured Cuba with the Theophilus Piano Trio.


From very early in his musical education Gavin developed a deep passion for chamber music, and in 2002 took the decision to move to Frankfurt, Germany to study chamber music intensively at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and the Performing Arts with Rainer Hoffmann, Angelika Merkle, Bernard Wetz, Hubert Buchberger and Catherine Vickers.


In October 2005 Gavin formed Trio Altiora.  In their relatively short time together they won First Prize at the Frankfurt Sparkasse International Chamber Music Competition. In Summer 2007 they were invited to perform in Montepulciano and as part of the Beethoven Fest in Bonn with works from Beethoven, Bridge and Martin.  In Autumn Gavin travelled to Holland with his trio, where they had been invited to take part in the Zeist International Music Days, where they were mentored by Menahem Pressler from the Beaux Arts Trio, as well as members of the Vermeer and Jerusalem Quartets.


During the summer months of 2008 Gavin was invited to perform as soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, under the baton of Jens Tröster.  One of the ‘open air’ concerts took place in Hanau, near Frankfurt for an audience of around 15,000 people.  In Summer 200
9, with the same orchestra he made a DVD and CD recording of Rhapsody in Blue.


In 2010 Gavin formed Goethe Trio with two principle members of the Mainzer Staatsorchester, Mihail Katev and Philipp Schweikhard.  They have been invited to play all over Germany and abroad and are planning to make their first CD recording in 2016.


Gavin lives in Frankfurt with his wife Silke and son James.  He enjoys a very varied musical career and as well as playing many concerts each year he currently holds a private teaching class in his studio in Frankfurt.