Brad Balliett

New York City-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. As a bassoonist, Brad performs as a member of several groups around New York City, including The Declassified, Metropolis Ensemble, Signal, the Sinfonietta of Riverdale, Anthony Braxton's Trillium Orchestra and Ensemble ACJW, and is a founding member of The Declassified, DZ4 and the Deviant Septet.

Brad has appeared as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony, Houston Symphony, American Ballet Theater, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, International Sejong Soloists, Sequitur, and Argento New Music Project. Devoted to expanding the bassoon's role in contemporary music, Brad performs frequently on the electric bassoon and has performed alongside Zakir Hussain and Miguel Zenon.

Raised in Massachusetts, Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, where he studied composition with Elliot Gyger and John Harbison. He completed a Master's degree in bassoon performance as a student of Benjamin Kamins at Rice University, and spent the following year playing bassoon in the Houston Symphony. A devoted teaching artist, Brad is a performer and teacher for Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections and the New York Philharmonic's School Partnership Program. Brad completed a fellowship through Carnegie Hall's program The Academy in 2009, through which led composition projects for students in the South Bronx. More information can be found at

Brad Balliett appears in the following:

Who Is Per Norgard?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This Saturday's New York Phil Biennial finale features Danish composer Per Nørgård. Join us for a primer on his music today at 3 pm.


Oh, Viola

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett present two works, somewhat bizarrely paired, that both have great viola parts: Wolfgang Rihm's '"Fetzen", and Paul Chihara's "Viola Concerto".


Let's All Reconsider the Organ as a New Music Instrument

Thursday, March 03, 2016

What do American composer David Brynjar Franzson, Romanian-German educator Adriana Holszky, and accordion virtuoso Teodori Anzelotti have in common? The Brothers Balliett know.


New Adventures in Grand Piano Literature

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a look at two composers with....well...let's say "unusual" approaches to piano composition. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.


Post-Minimal Jams

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few weeks ago we looked at early Philip Glass – music that exemplified what came to be called minimalism. Today: two composers that spun off the genre in their own distinct ways.


Dances, Minimal and Otherwise

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To shake off the sludge and snow from their boots, this week the Brothers Balliett hit the dance floor with two major figures of American music: Philip Glass and John Adams.


Three Unique Piano Utterances

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a gander at three utterly unique piano pieces, each designed to honor a specific person or set of people.


The Young Philip Glass

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We all know Philip Glass as the composer of countless film scores, a Beethoven-sized collection of symphonies, and a host of amazing operas. But what was his early work like?

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Who Is Per Norgard?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Per Nørgård's formidable output places him within the symphonic tradition of his regional predecessors Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, but also shows him breaking new ground. 

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Reflective Stocking Stuffers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's been a warm set of holidays, but that doesn't mean we can't set a reflective and introspective mood with some new music that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the season.


Mid-December Chamber Music Adventure

Thursday, December 17, 2015

To celebrate this mild beginning of winter, the Brothers Balliett share two stunning chamber works to set a contemplative tone for the Holiday season.


When Wind Players Compose

Thursday, December 10, 2015

There are many fantastic musicians for whom playing an instrument is not enough – these musicians must create, and some of them turn out to be amazing composers. 

The Trombone, Redefined

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.


New Classics of the Wind Quintet Repertoire

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.

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Boundary-Smashing String Quartets from NYC and Beyond

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.


Harrison Birtwistle's 'Gawain,' Part 3

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.


Gawain: Part 1

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.'


For Ages Q2 Through Q12

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.

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How Do We Write a Song Today?

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.


Guerilla Composer Portrait: Nancy Van Der Vate

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.