Brad Balliett

Bassoon

Brad Balliett

Brad Balliett is in high demand as a composer, bassoonist, teaching artist, and speaker. The New York Times described his sound as "a saxophone one moment, a ship's horn the next…the sounds seemed to have been digitally altered." He is principal bassoon of the Princeton Symphony and an artistic director of the chamber music collective Decoda (Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall), with which he regularly leads and participates in creative projects in prisons, homeless shelters, and schools. He is also an active member of Deviant Septet, Signal, and Metropolis Ensemble, and has performed with the Houston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Musicians, New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, he has recently received commissions from Carnegie Hall, Cecelia Chorus, Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble Echapée, and Cantori New York, and, as a bassoonist, he has commissioned over a dozen new works. He is on the faculty for The Juilliard School and hosts a weekly radio show on WQXR's Q2 Music, both with his twin brother, Doug Balliett. His creative collaboration with Elliot Cole, Doug Balliett, and Majel Connery as The Oracle Hysterical has yielded a number of large-scale works, including a spoken-word opera premiered at the Lucerne Festival. His festival appearances include Chelsea Music Festival (where he was a composer-in-residence in 2011), Marlboro, Tanglewood, Newport Jazz Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, and Lucerne Festival. Mr. Balliett holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Rice University.