Brittany Conrad, 24, is a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at the Juilliard School where she studied with Harold Robinson and Rex Surany, and was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, studying with Peter Lloyd. Previous to her time there she worked with Joseph Conyers.
Conrad is a substitute bassist for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New World Symphony. During the summer of 2019, Conrad was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Additionally, she has spent three summers as a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland, and has also participated in programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Wabass Institute and the Perlman Music Program.
Q & A
What year did you join the ASO?
Why did you choose your instrument?
I started playing the piano at age 5, but as I got older I became envious of how my sister, a violinist, was able to play with her friends in orchestra. So, when our local youth orchestra needed a bassist I was happy to join.
What's the most interesting or difficult facet of your instrument?
Because its strings are so long, the bass requires a lot of shifting - this makes it even more difficult to play in tune!
What do you do in your free time outside of work?
I enjoy cooking, reading, and going for runs.
What is your post-concert routine?
I can frequently be found drinking bourbon with my colleagues after concerts.
Most memorable/favorite ASO memory or moment?
The first week I ever played with the ASO included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony... I’ll never forget how excited I was to have the opportunity to play in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and to perform such an iconic choral symphony with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.