Born and raised in Surrey BC, Braden Eguia began his music studies at the age of seven with the violin. He started piano lessons a year later and took it up as his primary instrument, dropping violin only to take up the cello as a secondary instrument several years later. He is currently studying piano performance at the UBC School of Music. Braden has been an award winner in many music festivals over the years, including the BC Registered Music Teacher’s Association Piano Festival (South Fraser branch) and the KPU Music Festival. In 2016, 2018, and 2019, he was chosen to represent the KPU Music Festival in the BC Performing Arts Festival at the provincial level. He was a winner of the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Young Artist Solo Competition where he performed a concerto with the Fraser Valley Symphony. To Braden, music is something that everyone should have in their life as it provides exercise for the mind and enjoyment for the soul.

Aside from competitions, Braden plays piano for his church, teaches piano in his home studio, organizes student recitals twice a year, and volunteers at Vancouver General Hospital. Recently, he was involved in the UBC Connecting with Compassion program, which provides music for elderly residents in senior homes. Braden has also been a member of the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra as a cellist. Outside of performing, Braden enjoys transcribing and arranging pieces for the piano—mostly from movies, TV shows, and video games—binge reading fantasy books, and writing his own series of adventure-fantasy novels.

Semi-Final Program

Le Rossignol, S. 250/1 - F. Liszt

Sonata in D Major, Op. 28, 1st & 2nd movements - L. van Beethoven

Tremors: Homage to Ligeti - M. Mozetich

Final Program

Nocturne No. 1 in C Major - F. Poulenc

Variations serieuses, Op 54 - F. Mendelssohn

Le Rossignol, S. 250/1 - F. Liszt

Rhapsody in C Major, Op 11 No. 3 - E. Dohnanyi