JOEL BRAUN is Associate Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He participated in over a dozen national and international tours with the New York Philharmonic, including the Philharmonic’s historic trip to North Korea in 2008 under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He has performed under such eminent conductors as Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, and Alan Gilbert, among many others. He is a former member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and currently serves as Assistant Principal Bass at Eastern Music Festival, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Braun has concertized at major universities, conservatories, and music festivals throughout the United States. He has collaborated with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianist Awadagin Pratt, members of American Piano Trio and the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet, and principal players of prominent American orchestras, including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
As an in-demand pedagogue, Braun has presented master classes at the Universidad Nacional de Música in Lima, Perú, the University of Iowa, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Michigan State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has held additional faculty positions at Ball State University, The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, New York City’s Special Music School at the Kaufman Center, the Benefic Chamber Music Camp, the Music For All National Festival, and the Music For All Summer Symposium. He has given conference presentations and written articles for the International Society of Bassists and the American String Teacher’s Association and currently serves on the editorial committee for American String Teacher Magazine. During the summer he serves on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Braun’s former students have won positions in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. Former students have been invited to perform with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with renowned ensembles such as the Ariel Quartet and the Fine Arts Quartet.
Braun began his studies on the double bass in St. Louis, Missouri, under the tutelage of Sue Stubbs. He moved to New York City to study with Eugene Levinson at The Juilliard School, where he earned a Pre-College Diploma, B.M., and M.M. degrees.