Brad Gardner is a music director, pianist, orchestrator, and vocal coach. His latest credits include An American In Paris (First National Tour: Associate MD/Associate Conductor), TEETH (Playwrights Horizons, MTF: Music Director), Oliver! (Arena Stage: associate MD), Fiddler on the Roof (Arena Stage: associate MD), The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Goodspeed: Music Director), Sense & Sensibility (NY readings and Denver Center: assistant conductor), and Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theatre Company: associate MD). Other recent music directing and playing credits include Off- Broadway’s smash hit Silence! The Musical,My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), and 9 to 5 (North Shore Music Theatre). He has also been a rehearsal pianist for Broadway’s The Addams Family and Marvin Hamlisch’s The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He also regularly donates his time as a music director and pianist to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, most recently having been an orchestrator and the assistant music director on Broadway Backwards 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Brad made his Broadway conducting debut in December 2011, conducting the Follies Gypsy of the Year performance, starring Elaine Paige and Jan Maxwell. Brad has also collaborated with several other established artists including Lorna Luft, Andrea McArdle, Lillias White, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tituss Burgess, Marti Gould Cummings, Ashley Brown, Steven Brinberg, and Will & Anthony Nunziata. Brad has traveled the country as music director and arranger for recording artists Will & Anthony Nunziata, having appeared with them in such venues as Feinstein’s (New York), the Royal Room at the Colony Hotel (Palm Beach), and the Rrazz Room (San Francisco). He can also be heard on their debut album, “Make Someone Happy.”
Brad most importantly has a passion for education. He is the resident music director of the Arena Stage Academy in Washington, DC; a staff music director at The Performing Arts Project; and the music director of Story Shifters, a theatre arts residency in New York City specifically designed for students with physical, medical, and neurological impairments, including students on the autism spectrum and students with special needs.
Brad is a member of the AFM Local 802 (NY) and AFM Local 161-710 (DC).