Born Edmund Phineas Abrahams in London to upper-class parents Israel and Phoebe Abrahams, Edmund changed his surname sometime before 1895, when he moved permanently to the United States. He was reputed to have toured widely before then, beginning as a child virtuoso. From 1895 to 1897 he was based in New York, then moved to Minneapolis, returning to New York City in 1900.
He lived there until 1915, although he continued touring.
Then he moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, managing the sheet music department of O. Young’s music store. A year later he settled in Chicago, where he was active as a publisher, first with Frances-Clifford and then, in 1921, establishing his own firm.
Braham’s death was sudden and unexpected, after a brief bout of pneumonia.