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Bradley Brookshire

Bradley Brookshire

Bradley Brookshire is an Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has played harpsichord in six productions. Besides his operatic work, he has regularly performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Wall St. Baroque Orchestra, among others. Anthony Tommasini, writing in the New York Times praised his fleet, imaginative, and probing performances in a challenging and important series of recitals devoted to the complete harpsichord works of Bach. James Oesterich (NYT) noted his "wonderful musicality, personality, and wit. Reviewing a later recital, Oestreich added, Mr. Brookshire's playing has grown more rhapsodic over the years[It] showed a canny blend of calculation and spontaneity. The Times named his solo album of Bach’s French Suites a Critic’s Choice recording of the year (2001). His 2007 release of The Art of Fugue was similarly recognized with a five-star rating by Goldberg magazine. He is Professor of Music at SUNY-Purchase.

Among his scholarly publications are Bare ruin'd quires where once the sweet birds sang: covert speech in William Byrd's Walsingham Variations (Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity, Ashgate 2007), Traces of the Magnificat: Marian devotion in William Byrd's My Lady Nevill’s Book (Maria 'Inter' Confessiones, Brepols 2017), Edwin Fischer's Bach-pianism in context (Understanding Bach 11, Bach-Network UK), and Chopin’s Fioriture and the Legacy of C.P.E. Bach (International Chopin Institute Warsaw, 2020). Mr. Brookshire lives in Manhattan, where he is the devoted servant of a Boston Terrier named Liza Minnelli.