Doug Balliett’s prolific career spans classical performance, composition, rap, rock, spoken word, period performance, and conducting. His compositions have been heard around the world, ranging from solo instrumental works in Lincoln Center to a full-scale hip-hopera at the Lucerne Festival. New York ensembles that have recently performed his work include Ensemble ACJW, The Millennials, The Colonials, Deviant Septet, and DZ4.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in historical performance from The Juilliard School. He has performed as solo or principal bassist with Ensemble Modern, San Antonio Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Arcadia Players, and Pink Martini. As part of The Oracle Hysterical, he and his collaborators have presented hip-hoperas, art-rock song cycles, rap cantatas, and other genre-bending works all over America and Europe. Doug co-hosts The Brothers Balliett radio show with his twin brother Brad Balliett on WQXR’s Q2 new music channel. As part of his Ensemble ACJW program, he teaches in the Bronx at MS 244 The New School for Leadership and the Arts.