Hailed internationally for his virtuosity and fluency across several genres, Joseph Brent has been
instrumental in bringing the mandolin into the 21st century. As a classical musician, he has given solo recitals
and workshops across Europe, Asia, and North and South America, while maintaining an active career as a symphonic
and chamber musician. Simultaneously, his performances with Regina Spektor, The Joe Brent Quartet, and as a sideman
with a multitude of popular bands have earned him worldwide acclaim as an improvisational and rock musician of unparalleled
Joseph Brent is a faculty member at Mannes College, The New School for Music. To study with Joseph Brent, inquire at the Mannes Extension Division office, 1-212-580-0210 extension 4802.
what they're saying
"One of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation, Joe Brent recognizes no boundaries the mandolin cannot breach, and thus seems destined to forge a body of work future generations will have to reckon with."
David McGee, The Bluegrass Special
"I hesitate to single out a single musician in this trio, they all fill their role perfectly, but Brent stands out as the virtuoso of the group... There has probably never been a mandolin player with better technical skills, and he matches that with an enthusiasm for every imaginable role a mandoline can fulfill..."
Don Von Schriltz
"Manages considerable range and complexity...A standout."
The Miami New Times
"A Sonatina in C Major for mandolin and fortepiano proved a melodic, charming curio, displaying the beguiling agility of Joseph Brent on mandolin."
South Florida Classical Review
"Fluid touch, lovely tone, great music-making!"
Mark M. Davis, Providence Mandolin Orchestra
"...one of the most versatile and gifted musicians I have ever known in my career as a composer and a pedagogue."
Hiroya Miura, Bates College