ANDREW BRADY joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon in January 2016, having previously served in the same position with the Louisiana Philharmonic. As a soloist, Brady has performed concertos by Rossini, Mozart, Weber, and Zwilich with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony, and The Colburn Orchestra, respectively. He has appeared as principal bassoonist with the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as on tours with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Brady’s artistry is in high demand and has taken him to South Africa, Korea, London, and Mexico, as well as many destinations within the contiguous United States for both performances and education opportunities. The past three summers, Brady has been proud to be a member of the Chineke! Orchestra, including a performance at the 2017 BBC Proms. The ensemble is Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra and seeks to promote diversity and change within classical music by increasing representation and visibility of musicians of color.
Enthusiastically involved in music education, he serves as an Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University and also maintains a private studio. Brady has also served on the faculties of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and National Youth Orchestra/NYO2 through Carnegie Hall.
Brady received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Richard Beene. Other major teachers include Anthony Parnther, Rick Ranti, and Suzanne Nelsen.
This summer, Brady is especially pleased to be joining the faculty at Eastern Music Festival. Brady is an alumnus of EMF, having attended in 2007 as his first big orchestral festival. Much of his early success and many of his lasting friendships can be traced back to the time he spent in Greensboro; he’s very excited to experience Eastern Music Festival again from a different perspective.