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, August 13, 2015
Are you hungering for some fresh and imaginative pieces that feature the trombone, that most unusual of brass instruments? Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Do you think the woodwind quintet is played out? This week, the Brothers Balliett set out to restore your faith in this unusual combination with some amazing contemporary works.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
What could be a better mid-summer treat than a survey of some of the most exciting string quartets working the field today? Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
This week the Brothers Balliett delve back into the world of Arthurian legend with the third and final installment of Harrison Birtwistle's brilliant opera Gawain.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
This week the Brothers Balliett launch a three-part series focused on Harrison Birtwistle's masterpiece-of-an-Arthurian opera 'Gawain.'
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Gather the whole family around the speakers and put on Q2 Music – this week's show features three works geared for the younger crowd of up-and-coming new music fans.
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.