“all the important Bs: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, plus another: Charlotte Bray”
The Times
“Bray’s rapid rise is due to an unusual combination of remarkable fluency, an absolutely sure ear and an ability to fix an emotional tone in a few sharply outlined gestures”
(Ivan Hewett, The Proms 2021)

British composer Charlotte Bray is one of the most esteemed and in-demand composers of her generation. Exhibiting uninhibited ambition and desire to communicate, her music is exhilarating, inherently vivid, and richly expressive with lyrical intensity. Recent premieres include The Sun and Her Flowers (2023), commissioned by The Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium; A Dark Doorway (2023), premiered by the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati; The Flight of Bitter Water (2022), conducted by Marin Alsop and performed by Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; and Where Icebergs Dance Away (2021), commissioned by WDR Sinfonieorchester (Cristian Măcelaru), receiving its’ UK premiere with the BBC SO (Sakari Oramo) at the BBC Proms.

Further commissions include Mriya (2023) for violin and piano, commissioned by Wigmore Hall for Leila Josefowicz; Bray’s first full scale opera American Mother, commissioned by Theatre Hagen (2025), libretto by Colum McCann; A Sky Too Small for Orchestre de Paris under Klaus Mäkelä, co-commissioned by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (2024); and a new work for Ensemble Intercontemporain (2025). L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève named Bray as composer-in-residence 2023-2026 and will perform several of her works over the 3 years.

Originally from High Wycombe, Bray (b.1982) graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours, having studied composition with Joe Cutler, and then completed a Masters in Composition with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London studying with Mark-Anthony Turnage. She went on to participate in the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition Course and studied at Tanglewood Music Centre. Her music is published by Birdsong. She lives in Berlin.

Winner of an Ivor Novello Award 2019 (Solo or Duo) for Invisible Cities
ISCM World Music Days Festival, Vancouver, 2017
Selected as a MacDowell Norton Stevens Fellow 2015-16
Interviewed as part of BBC Radio 3’s Composers’ Room series 2015
Composer-in-Residence Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2015
Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Conservatoire Alumni of the Year 2014 in the field of Excellence in Sport or the Arts
Recipient of a Critics’ Circle Award 2014 for Exceptional Young Talent
Winner of the Lili Boulanger Prize 2014
Listed in The Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners 2011
Composer-in-Residence Oxford Lieder Festival 2011
Winner of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize
Apprentice Composer-in-Residence with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Sound and Music 2009/10
L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève 2023-2026
Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival 2023
Spannungen Festival 2023
Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2015
Oxford Lieder Festival 2011
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 2009/10
Residencies include:
MacDowell, New Hampshire 2013, 2015
Liguria Study Centre in Bogliasco 2013
Aldeburgh Music 2010, 2015