“…Labadie did a beautiful job of blending into the instrumental harmony, or breaking forth soloistically as called for. His tone was gorgeous and the sequences beautifully articulated on moments in the Largo when the violins drop out and he was accompanied by the sparse continuo sound”
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, Music Paradigm, Yale’s Schola Cantorum, Music in the Somerset Hills, Holy Trinity Church, and Trinity at Wall Street. Most recently Mr. Labadie was a guest artist with Colorado’s newest baroque chamber ensemble, Ensemble Pearl.
During June, 2013, Brandon will be touring with Juilliard415, Yale Schola Cantorum, and Masaaki Suzuki through Tokyo, Japan on a two-week tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass. In July, Mr. Labadie will begin a month-long fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival in Watertown, Maine. His summer will culminate in a week-long concert series in Augsburg, Germany lead by violinist, Robert Mealy, and end in Thire, France with a Rameau festival alongside Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie.
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.
Outside of playing, Brandon studies electronic music composition and programming with composer/violinist, Mari Kimura, and has presented his work at The Juilliard School and New York University. His compositions contrast new and early music styles with organic, interactive electronic sounds.
His oboe teachers include Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Peter Cooper, James Brody, and M. Chantry Nelson.
Brandon is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.