a sinfonietta for the 21st century
photo by Chien-Ying Wu
Doug Balliett's prolific career has spanned composition, performance of classical, new and early music, rap, rock, and conducting. His compositions have been heard around the world, ranging from works for solo instrument in Lincoln Center to full scale hip-hopera in Lucerne. His bass playing has been described as "elegant" (New York Times) and his compositions have been critiqued as "brilliant and witty" (New York Times) and "weird in the best possible way" (I Care if You Listen).
Mr. Balliett holds a B.A. in music from Harvard University and an M.M. in historical performance from the Juilliard School. As a double bassist he has performed as solo or principal bass with Ensemble Modern, the San Antonio Symphony, the Metropolis Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Ensemble ACJW, NOVUS, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, Arcadian Players, Pink Martini, and many more. Recent double bass engagements have included concerts with Steve Coleman at the Newport Jazz Festival and with William Christie in Thire, France. Upcoming projects include a new double bass concerto for Rob Nairn and a new orchestral work for the San Antonio Symphony.