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.

Doug 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.