“…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…”
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 the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Maestrale, The Cascadia Loud Band, The Silver Pocket, 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. Most recently, Mr. Labadie was appointed Executive Director of the Portland-based Early Music group, Musica Maestrale.
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 have 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.