Joe Brent

mandolinist | composer

"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

Concert Artists Guild Finals!

Well, we've been selected to participate in the finals of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. We're incredibly excited just to be a part of it, and to have the opportunity to work with such a historic organization which features amongst its roster and alumni some of our musical heroes. 


The best part is, it's open to the public! We play for 20 minutes at 3:30 pm on Wednesday the 15th, and it would mean a lot to us to see some friendly faces out there, cheering us on. If you can make it to Merkin that afternoon, we'll be there playing our hearts out for you!

From CAG's website:

Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture & promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild helps artists launch sustainable careers. CAG provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles and singers. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings and tour management, commissioning and recording opportunities and marketing and publicity support. Competition winners are also presented on the Winners Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The New Music/New Places initiative presents CAG artists in non-traditional venues such as bars, clubs and galleries, introducing diverse audiences to concert music. The CAG Records label enables roster musicians to get their music onto disc and into the marketplace. The CAG Commissioning Program ensures that classical music continues to be a living art form by fostering collaborations between performers and composers.

CAG has helped several hundred young musicians start careers over the past sixty years. And the range of artistry has been great: from the heart of the tradition to the cutting edge. Notable alumni artists include violinist Jennifer Koh, clarinetists David Krakauer and David Shifrin, flutists Carol Wincenc and Marina Piccinini, Imani Winds, Grammy-winning ensembles eighth blackbird, Pacifica and Parker String Quartets and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase.

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