Brad Balliett, Teaching Artist

New York City-based musician Brad Balliett is in high demand as a composer and bassoonist. 

Principal bassoon of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Brad is a founding member and former Artistic Director for the chamber music collective Decoda (Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall), and performs with the leading new music groups in New York, including Signal, Metropolis Ensemble, and Deviant Septet. As soloist, Brad has performed concertos with the Houston Symphony and the Johannesburg and KZN Philharmonic Orchestras.

Brad has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Musicians, New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Festival performances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, June in Buffalo, Newport Jazz Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, and the Lucerne Festival. 

As a composer, Brad has witnessed and participated in premieres of his orchestral, chamber, choral, opera, and incidental music. Recent commissions have come from Carnegie Hall, Cecelia Chorus, Metropolis Ensemble, Notre Dame University, Experiential Orchestra, Cantori New York, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble.

Brad's creative collaboration with Elliot Cole and Doug Balliett as the band Oracle Hysterical has yielded a number of operatic works, including a spoken-word opera premiered at the Lucerne Festival as a Spotlight Artist in composition. 

With his twin brother, Doug, Brad hosts a weekly radio show on WQXR’s Q2 Music (The Brothers Balliett), curates a monthly concert series at Spectrum in the Lower East Side, is on faculty at The Juilliard School (Evening Division), and has presented lectures for Carnegie Hall.

As a teaching artist, Brad regularly leads composition and song-writing workshops in prisons, schools, hospitals, and homeless shelters, both for Carnegie Hall and their Affiliate Ensemble, Decoda. He is a faculty member for Musicambia at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, and holds an MM from Rice University. His hobbies include writing sonnets, running, and reading Shakespeare.

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