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, 9 horses (the jazz/classical/folk ensemble he co-leads with Sara Caswell), and as a sideman with a multitude of popular bands have earned him worldwide acclaim as an improvisational and rock musician of unparalleled versatility.

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