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Congratulations David Braid & Chris Donnelly on becoming Steinway Artists

A huge congratulations to both David Braid and Chris Donnelly on joining the prestigious roster of Steinway Artists!

David Braid
Hailed in the Canadian press as "A jazz genius to call our own" (Macleans Magazine), two-time Juno Award winning pianist David Braid has performed concerts of his original music and improvisations across The United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

Combining harmonies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid's fusion of art music engages audiences with a style that has been described as "refreshingly uncategorizable" (Paris Transatlantic), “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), "wide-ranging, exploratory" (South China Morning Post), "une force poétique" (Le Soleil) and "hauntingly beautiful" (The Globe & Mail.)

Recent coverage of Braid's work was profiled on The BBC with Sally Fairfax, ABC with Andrew Ford, CCTV (China Central Television), and at home in Canada on CBC’s The Signal, and Q.

"Braid's tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I've encountered in a long time." - Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association's Lifetime achievement Award

Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over one hundred works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles chamber groups, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award".

David Braid is a Steinway Artist and an artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.


Chris Donnelly
Juno-nominated pianist and composer Chris Donnelly is one of the most captivating and versatile artists on today’s music scene. Trained simultaneously as a classical pianist and a jazz pianist, his genre-bending repertoire is an eclectic mix of jazz, ragtime, stride, gospel, improvisation, original compositions and classical music.

In September 2008, Chris released his Juno-nominated, debut album with Alma Records called ‘Solo,’ featuring a blend of original material and arrangements of jazz standards.  This also earned him nominations for ‘Best Recording of the Year’ and ‘Best Keyboardist of the Year’ from the 2009 National Jazz Awards.

In March 2011, Chris released an album of original music inspired by the works of graphic artist M.C. Escher.  Entitled ‘Metamorphosis,” the 50-minute composition starts with a single theme; each movement draws inspiration from the previous one, changing subtly and seamlessly, until the music arrives at the initial theme again.  The album also features a reproduction of Escher’s work and an original poem by Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Giorgio Di Cicco.

In his latest project, Chris has put together a special presentation of ‘The Best Jazz Piano Music …EVER!’ – including familiar Scott Joplin rags, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom.  Audiences are treated to a diverse and well-balanced program featuring recognizable music, virtuosity, light-hearted interaction and of course, the best piano music of all time!

“…is gifted enough to play just about anything he jolly well pleases any time he wants to play it.” (The Buffalo News)

Chris is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto.  He tours internationally with his clarinet/piano ensemble The Wolak/Donnelly Duo, and is a member of the jazz trio Myriad3.

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