Brad W. Blackham

Artist, Teacher of Music - Piano

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Additional Faculty Information for Brad W. Blackham


B.M., Kent State University, 1993

M.M., The Cleveland Institute of Music, 1997

D.M.A. candidate, The Ohio State University, 2005


Brad Blackham is a pianist who has devoted his life’s work to the exploration of the boundless nature of music.

He has performed around the world with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Wiener Musikverein, The Barbican Centre, the Auditoria Nacional de Música, Severance Hall, and Heinz Hall, and numerous other venues throughout the United States and Canada, including an Australian tour in collaboration with Canadian violinist Jasper Wood. He has performed under the batons of a long list of esteemed conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Franz Welser-Möst, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, David Robertson, Gareth Morrell, Gerhardt Zimmermann, and many others.

An avid promoter of new music, Brad has been involved in a number of commissions and premieres: The Severence Hall premiere of John Adams’ Naive and Sentimental Music, with The Cleveland Orchestra; multiple world premieres of works by Terry Vosbein, including his Six Emily Dickinson Poems with soprano Kristi Matson, and Dance of Dionysus with cellist Alan Harrell. Brad gave the U.S. premiere of Alex Freeman’s second piano sonata Outside Voices at Hillsdale College. In 2013 Brad was part of the world premiere of Mathew Fuerst’s Nocturne (Walking Along the Danube in Budapest at Night) at the 34th Bowling Green New Music Festival. Brad and percussionist Stacey Jones-Garrison also premiered Fuerst’s Broken Cycles and recorded it with Navona Records on the album Ripples.

An active soloist and collaborator, he is a member of three musical duos, the Piano/Percussion duo ReadyGO with percussionist Stacey Jones-Garrison, The Toledo War with Cleveland Orchestra cellist Alan Harrell, and Duo Azalea with his wife, soprano Kristi Matson.

Brad Blackham has been Artist/Teacher of piano and director of keyboard studies at Hillsdale College since 2005. He has remained active also as an adjudicator for many festivals and competitions throughout Michigan and other parts of the country.

Brad studied at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory with Robert Mayerovitch, The Cleveland Institute of Music with Anne Epperson and Joela Jones, and at The Ohio State University with Steven Glaser.