Brendan joined the bass section of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Embracing a wide variety of musical genres, he has performed on numerous recording projects with Ludovic Morlot, including the recent commercial releases of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Cello Concerto, John Luther Adams’ Become Desert, and Berlioz’s Requiem.
Brendan began his musical studies on piano and trumpet before discovering the electric bass. He played in multiple punk, metal, and acoustic folk bands before deciding to devote himself more fully to the orchestral literature. Growing up in San Diego, he played in that city’s Youth Symphony and later attended the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Brendan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance from Northwestern University studying with Andy Raciti. In 2012, he enjoyed a revelatory summer at Domaine Forget, where he worked closely with renowned pedagogues Paul Ellison and David Allen Moore. In 2016 and 2017, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient, performing alongside members of the Pittsburgh, Dallas, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies.
Besides his passion for music, Brendan is an avid disc golfer.