Bradley Aikman, double bass
Bradley Aikman has extensive experience in symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoires with NYC’s premier ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. Other orchestral appearances include the Minnesota and Sarasota Orchestras and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is also the principal bass of the Albany Symphony (NY), and a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
He can be heard on two Grammy winning recordings, including the Met’s Ring Cycle from 2012 and The Albany Symphony’s Conjurer by John Corigliano. He has participated in the Albany Symphony’s rich tradition of recording American composers such as John Harbison, Michael Torke, and Paul Creston. Bradley has also recorded numerous television and film scores, including an episode for Mozart in the Jungle where he performed at the infamous Rikers Island. Most recently, he recorded Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Aikman has recorded for Naxos, Bis, Albany Records, and Exton labels.
He is currently on the faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the Metro Bass Workshop (NJ), the Dwight-Englewood School (NJ), The Allen-Stevenson School (NY), and has a private studio in Westchester, NY. Bradley has taught and given coachings at Bard College, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and at numerous youth orchestras in New Jersey, NYC, Albany, and Poughkeepsie.
Bradley’s teachers include Timothy Cobb, Leigh Mesh, James VanDemark, and Kenneth Schwartzman.