American oboist Brandon Labadie is an enthusiastic and versatile performer of Baroque and Renaissance double-reeds. Recent engagements have brought him to Singapore, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and throughout North America. Having performed and toured with Juilliard’s premiere early music ensemble, Juilliard415, he has performed under the baton of notable early music conductors, such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr, and Monica Huggett. Mr. Labadie plays regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, The Albany Consort, Blackbox Baroque, Musica Maestrale, and The Cascadia Loud Band.
In 2015, Mr. Labadie led his chamber ensemble, Blackletter Baroque, on a tour through Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, Japan, where they performed the revived music of colonial America. 2016 engagements include solo appearances at the New Zealand International Early Music Festival, a multi-concert double-reed program in Japan, and as a soloist with Musica Pacifica (San Francisco) in Bach’s Brandenburg No. 2.
His other early music endeavors include an apprenticeship with Joel Robinson, maker of historical oboes, clarinets, shawms, and bagpipes. Some of Mr. Labadie’s instruments can be heard at The Juilliard School and Yale University.
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. Brandon’s compositions have also be featured in the Portland Art Museum’s newest exhibit, Object Stories.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Music from The Juilliard School. Brandon is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.
His oboe teachers include Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Peter Cooper, James Brody, and M. Chantry Nelson. Brandon is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.