Brad Balliett, bassoon


New York City-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. In addition to performing with Decoda, Brad is principal bassoon of the Princeton Symphony, and performs regularly with Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, and Ensemble ACJW. Festival performances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, June in Buffalo, Newport Jazz Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, and the Lucerne Festival, where he was an Academy Spotlight Artist in composition. Formerly acting principal of the Hartford Symphony, Brad has also appeared as principal bassoon with the Houston Symphony and American Ballet Theater, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussain, and Miguel Zenon. Brad is an alumni of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, and is a founding member of Decoda, the Deviant Septet, and DZ4. Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, and holds an MM from Rice University. Brad is also active as a composer, with regularly occurring performances of his chamber, orchestral, and choral music, and makes hip-hop albums with his band The Oracle Hysterical. Brad also hosts a weekly radio show with his twin brother, Doug, on WQXR’s Q2 Music called The Brothers Balliett.