Short Biography

The composer Charlotte Bray has emerged as a distinctive and outstanding talent of her generation. Exhibiting uninhibited ambition and desire to communicate, her music is exhilarating, inherently vivid, and richly expressive with lyrical intensity. Bray has been championed by numerous world-class ensembles and orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and BCMG. Her work has featured at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier Festival. Several renowned conductors have performed her work and these include Sir Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen and Sakari Oramo.

London Sinfonietta commissioned Bray to write Reflections In Time as part of their 50th anniversary season (May 2018). Later in the same month, Ralf Ehlers and Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet will premiere a new duo for viola and cello, Mid-Oceaned, commissioned by the Hepner Foundation. A solo viola work commissioned by Aix-en-Provence Festival for Tabea Zimmerman sees its first performance in July.

Other recent highlights include: Scottish premiere of Stone Dancer with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Geoffrey Paterson (March 2018); At the Speed of Stillness by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the ISCM World Music Days Festival 2017; Voyage by The Nordic Saxophone Quartet (Torún, Poland); Black Rainbow by the DalaSinfonietta and Wermland Opera Orchestra (Falun and Karlstad, Sweden); cello concerto Falling in the Fire under Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Guy Johnston, BBC Proms 2016; and a stage work Out of the Ruins (Royal Opera House Covent Garden).

2018 will see the release of Bray’s second recording, a disc of chamber works on the Richard Thomas Classical label. Recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany, with the Amaryllis Quartet, the Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins, the project is generously supported by PRS Foundation’s Composer Fund. At the Speed of Stillness, Bray’s debut recording on NMC Records was released in October 2014.

Her many accolades include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; Lili Boulanger Prize; Critics’ Circle Award; named in The Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners (2011); Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire and named Alumni of the Year (2014).