American oboist, Brandon Labadie, performs modern as well as early music repertory. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.M.) and The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program (M.M.), Mr. Labadie has performed under the baton of notable early music conductors, such as Jordi Savall, William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, and Ton Koopman. Having performed and toured with Juilliard’s premiere early music ensemble, Juilliard415, Brandon also plays regularly with New York Baroque Incorporated, Yale’s Schola Cantorum, Musica Maestrale, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Ensemble Pearl in Boulder, Colorado. His other Early Music endeavors include an apprenticeship with Joel Robinson, maker of oboes, clarinets, shawms, and bagpipes. The Saxon oboe Mr. Labadie plays is one he finished in 2011.
Having studied electronic music composition and programming with composer/violinist, Mari Kimura, Brandon has presented his work at The Juilliard School, New York University, and the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine. Currently, Mr. Labadie plays and tours with his new-music group, The Silver Pocket, in collaboration with Portland harpist, Joshua Ward. Brandon’s compositions will also be featured in the Portland Art Museum’s newest exhibit, Object Stories.
His oboe teachers include Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Peter Cooper, James Brody, and M. Chantry Nelson.
Brandon is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.