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James Brawn

Pianist James Brawn was born in England in 1971. He has lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, China and the USA. Starting piano lessons at the age of 7, Brawn performed on New Zealand television and won his first awards in Auckland in 1979. His family moved to Melbourne the following year where his musical studies blossomed through the 1980s with pupils of Solomon, Arrau, Serkin and Horszowski. There, Brawn won the Hephzibah Menuhin Award presented by Yehudi Menuhin. He also played in the concerto final of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1987, leading to performances with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. At the age of 19, Brawn won the Keyboard Final of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London.

Notable UK performances include, amongst others, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James's Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Menuhin Hall, Chichester Cathedral and Cheltenham Town Hall. Recital tours include music societies in France, USA, Brunei, China, Australia, Canada, Italy and Scotland..

During 2012, Brawn began recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas at Potton Hall in Suffolk, UK. Five volumes (20 sonatas) of 'A Beethoven Odyssey' have since been released to exceptional reviews and are available on the MSR Classics label, along with two recital albums.

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music London, Brawn has taught piano and chamber music in Cambridge, Melbourne, Oxford and Shanghai. During 2015, James Brawn became a Steinway Artist and in 2016 he joined the piano faculty at the FaceArt Institute of Music in Shanghai, China.