Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. The New York Times described his compositions as “brainily bubble gum and lovable shaggy,” his poetry as “brilliant and witty,” and his bass playing as “elegant.” Doug is a professor of baroque bass and violone at The Juilliard School, and he leads the Theotokos ensemble every Sunday at St. Mary’s Church. He plays regularly with Les Arts Florissants, Jupiter Ensemble, ACRONYM, Ruckus, BEMF, Alarm Will Sound, and other ensembles. In 2021 five of his Ovid Cantatas were filmed for Qwest TV with William Christie, Lea Desandre, and Nick Scott. For three years he and his twin brother hosted a weekly show dedicated to living composers on WQXR’s new music channel Q2. Upcoming performances of his work include Beast Fights at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony bass section, and the annual New Year’s Eve performance of his opera Gawain and the Green Knight.