Doug Balliett

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.

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Doug Balliett appears in the following:

So Old It's New Part 2: Dance Edition

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.

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So Old It's New

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.

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Gloria Coates

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The American-born, Germany-based composer Gloria Coates is the most prolific female symphonist of all time. Today at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a listen.

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I'll Be in an Airplane Ten Miles Above Albania for Xmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy holidaze! This week, the Brothers Balliett pay homage to that great holiday tradition of seemingly-endless travel; two airplane-centric works take centerstage today.

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'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For the 22nd day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a reversed violones rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from The Brothers Balliett's Doug Balliett.

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Composers Playing Music by Other Composers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today at 3, The Brothers Balliett hear Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber perform Stravinsky, Thomas Adès take on Schubert and Philip Glass and Steve Reich jam on Four Organs.

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You Heard It Here First

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett present their favorite releases of 2014 (so far), including performances by The Cellar and Point, Miranda Cuckson and more.

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Arthur Levering

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Continuing their series of 'Guerrilla Composer Portraits', the Brothers Balliett settle into the Q2 Music studios with the music of American composer Arthur Levering.

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What the Devil is a Metagong?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk To Jonathan Dawe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Jonathan Dawe, a composer driven by a profound love of Baroque music and an obsession with fractals. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Beautiful and Brooding

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There is no greater Fall pleasure than taking in some refreshingly crisp air and putting on music that is both beautiful and brooding. Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3.

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Music that Makes You Go "Huh?"

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Have you ever heard a piece of new music that made you go... "Huh?" Thursday at 3 pm, wrap your head around some joyfully confusing music with the Brothers Balliett.

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IMPROVE-isations

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is the appropriation of the past (as material for a new work) any less creative than all-new material? Thursday at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett listen to new takes on old music.

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These Five Composers Are Keeping the Guitar Relevant

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to five composers who truly know how to rock the new-music guitar.

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The Great Greek Literature New Music Adventure

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett explore modern music that draws on ancient Greek mythology and literature for inspiration.

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Guerrilla Composer Portrait: Richard Festinger

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continuing their series of Guerrilla Composer Portraits, in which a composer is featured without their foreknowledge or permission, the Brothers Balliett set their sites on the fascinating American composer Richard Festinger. Listen today at 3 pm.

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We Believe in the Groove

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Brothers Balliett operate on a 10-point manifesto that concludes with "We Believe In the Groove." Today at 3 pm, join them for an hour all about groove in contemporary music, and the different kinds of groove that can be achieved by different voices.

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So You Think You Know the Music of George Perle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So, you fancy yourself an expert on the music of innovative American composer George Perle, do you? Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm for a deep dive into the Pulitzer Prize-winner's music to see how much you really know.

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The Mid-Century American Piano Show

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's show puts the spotlight on one of America's most interesting and artistically innovative periods: the post-war years, stretching from the 1950's to the 1970's. But that's not all: today's focus is ALSO about the instrument that every composer must write for, probably again and again: the PIANO.

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Toys! Toys! Toys!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did you ever consider taking your favorite toy as inspiration for a new composition? We hope you did, but if not, don't worry: this Thursday at 3 pm, dive into pieces by composers, such as Nathan Davis and Sofia Gubaidulina, who took inspiration from childhood trinkets like toy pianos. 

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