Doug Balliett is a prolific artist whose career has spanned classical performance, composition, rap, rock, spoken word, period performance and conducting. As a double bassist he has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony (principal and assistant principal) and the Metropolis Ensemble.
He has earned fellowships at Tanglewood, where he performed as principal bass under James Levine, Aspen (principal under Jane Glover), National Orchestral Institute (principal under Andrew Litton) and the Lucerne Academy (principal under Boulez). He also maintains an active life as a recitalist, including live radio recitals, solo recitals throughout New York, and recital tours. Recent engagements have included double bass concerto performances at Alice Tully Hall and the ACFNY, commissions for new works from SOLI San Antonio and New York’s The Millenials, and tours with his band The Oracle Hysterical in Germany and Switzerland.
Mr. Balliett’s compositions have been heard throughout the US, garnering several awards, including prizes in the Frederick Delius Competition, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, the Kirkland House Music Award and Harvard’s first annual Artist Development Grant. Recent compositional projects include a late-night events at the Chelsea Art Museum (as part of his continued residency at the Chelsea Music Festival) and the composer-in-residence Spotlight with The Oracle Hysterical at the Lucerne Festival, where he and his collaborators presented an evening of Grimm songs and a new hip-hopera based on Melville’s Billy Budd. Mr. Balliett graduated from Harvard in 2007 with high honors and is recently completed a master’s at The Juilliard School in Historical Performance.
Doug Balliett appears in the following:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The art song tradition is as alive and well as ever, from Rihm to Roche. Thursday at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a look at the kinds of songs composers are producing today.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Continuing their series of composer portraits without alerting the "portraitees" ahead of time, the Brothers Balliett explore the music of ex-pat composer Nancy Van Der Vate.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Musicians and audiences have long been delighted by Bach's Goldberg Variations, but what about composers? This week, the Brothers Balliett investigate modern takes on the work.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
This week the Brothers Balliett sit down to chat with Beecher, whose output is characterized by investigations of memory, ecology, time and place, and his own Estonian heritage.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Ever since John Field invented the Nocturne in the early 19th-century, composers have been clamoring the get a piece of the action.This week, The Brothers play Night Music.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett talk to composer Jason Eckardt! From his roots as a metal guitarist to his recent appointment at Peabody, Eckardt's is a career worth exploring.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Who can say what goes on in the mind of a composer who sets out to depict his innermost religious thoughts and experiences? This week, The Brothers listen to works of faith.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
To any fan of Bernhard Lang, the words Differenz/Wiederholung conjure up a whole world of groove and uptown funk. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
This week the Brothers Balliett sample music from Austria's Kairos label, including performances of Klaus Lang and Beat Furrer. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
What do composers Alan Hovhaness, David Maslanka and Beat Furrer havein common? For one thing, they all wrote music inspired by the 'songs' they heard within the sea and the earth.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
This week the Brothers Balliett take a look at two exciting composers who have at least one thing in common – they both hail from China.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
More and more composers are retaining the old, beautiful, ritualistic form of the liturgical Mass, but jettisoning certain aspects to keep it fresh. Like, for instance, the words.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to composers who use extended techniques and bizarre instruments to achieve new and unusual sounds.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined by pianist David Kaplan for a listen to modern musicians who scribble all over great Romantic chamber music with astounding results.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Gregory Spears – a composer of unearthly beautiful music, from operas to song cycles to neo-Baroque compositions..
Thursday, February 12, 2015
You can do a lot with a woodwind instrument. This week, The Brothers Balliett explore wind players fluent in multiple styles, from Indigenous Australian music to Latin jazz.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Continuing their mini-series of music that is so OLD, that it actually begins to sound NEW, the Brothers Balliett listen to pre-1200 AD "passion plays." Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
For this installment of ancient music that might very well be mistaken for new music, The Brothers Balliett listen to music of the troubadours. Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Continuing their mini-series investigating music that is so old that it actually sounds new, the Brothers Balliett listen to instrumental dance music from c. 1000-1500.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Have you ever heard a piece of VERY early music and thought, "that could easily have been written today"? Today the Brothers Balliett explore music that's so old it sounds new.