Laia Valentin Braun is a Hester Laverne Scholar supported by a Norah Popple Award studying towards his Master in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, London with Prof. Detlef Hahn. He is a recipient of the Drake Calleja Trust Scholarship and currently holds a Help Musician UK Postgraduate Award. He formerly was generously supported by the LYRA foundation. Prior to his studies at the RCM, he attended the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste for one year with Prof. Ulrich Gröner.
Laia has a keen interest in orchestral music, and has recently performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and Spira Mirabilis. Laia has been selected to lead the RCM Philharmonic and the RCM Symphony Orchestra as their concertmaster, and has been fortunate enough to perform under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Nicholas Collon, Mark Wigglesworth, Edward Gardner and Vasily Petrenko.
Laia started playing the violin at the age of four and from an early age he had an interest in chamber music, performing trios with his two sisters Seraina (Piano) and Ursina (Cello). Trio Braun still perform together to this day and recently performed at the Festival “Top Klassik Zürcher Oberland” 2016 in Switzerland. Laia also performs regularly with his string quartet Arcos Quartet, and in 2015 they won RCM’s prestigious Boconnoc Music Award, travelling to Cornwall to perform in a concert series. They have performed at the “Campten Music Festival” and the “Lucca Classica Music Festival”.
As a soloist, Laia has played with the Camerata Zurich conducted by Kevin Griffiths, and following three years of leading the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra, he was invited to play as a soloist in the Tonhalle Zurich with conductor Massimiliano Matesic. He has been selected to represent the RCM in a performance in the Wigmore Hall in summer 2016.
He has studied with Kemal Akçağ, Jörg, Hofmann and Daria Zappa in Switzerland, and has also received coaching from Maxim Vengerov, Julia Fischer, Carolin Widmann, Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Zehetmair, Marco Rizzi, Thomas Brandis, Heinrich Schiff, Wenn-Sin Yang and Helmut Zehetmair.