A virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance and self-assurance on the concert stage led to his victory at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Recognized as “a major talent in the making” (Grand Rapids Press), he has combined his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.

Brandon began arranging music for trumpet as both a solo and collaborative instrument in order to expand the possibilities for his instrument, sometimes including a melding of musical styles, and creating a new cross-genre repertoire.  In addition to showcasing these works in his own recital and concerto performances, his arrangements are also featured by the ensembles Founders (a quintet featuring trumpet/piano, violin/voice, clarinet, cello and bass) and USEFULChamber, both of which Brandon is a founding member.

At the age of twenty, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. While with the group, he played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded ten albums, and received three Juno Award nominations.  He also arranged numerous pieces for the ensemble, which are still performed today.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season include recitals in New York at Le Poisson Rouge and in Southern California at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University.  As a concerto soloist, he will be featured with the Greensboro Symphony (NC), the Cheyenne Symphony (WY), and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for their annual Complete Brandenburg Concerto performances, this year appearing in Athens (GA), Princeton, Chicago and in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Brandon has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Other solo performances include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall, including his 2016 Weill Recital Hall debut and a recent Stern Auditorium performance of Penny Lane alongside Sting and James Taylor. During the 2015-16 season, he was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its annual performances of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos.

Brandon is the winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild solo competition and a recipient of the Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award. He has recorded three solo albums; his latest release is Fantasies and Fairy Tales which features his own virtuosic arrangements of classical masterworks for trumpet and piano, collaborating with pianist Rachel Kudo.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Brandon began his musical journey at age 5, studying piano with his father, pianist/conductor Rich Ridenour, with whom he still performs in recital and with Pops Orchestras.


Schumann: Marchenbilder- No. 3, Rasch

Gershwin: Prelude- Andante Con Moto E Poco Rubato

Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Prokofiev: March from "The Love Of Three Oranges", Op. 33

Ravel: Piece En Forma De Habanera

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56- No. 6, 'Fast Dance'

Debussy: Preludes, Book II, No. 5- 'Bruyeres'

Brandon Ridenour: Fantasy Variations on a theme by Paganini (2013) (excerpt)

Ridenour/JS Bach: Blue Courante (Violin Partita No. 2)


  • See video Debussy: The Girl With the Flaxen Hair (arr. Ridenour)

    Debussy: The Girl With the Flaxen Hair (arr. Ridenour)



  • Orchestral Repertoire

    ARUTUNIAN Trumpet Concerto
    BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
    EOTVOS Snatches of a Conversation (for double belled trumpet + narrator)
    HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in Eb major
    HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto in Eb major
    RIDENOUR/PAGANINI Fantasy Variations on a theme by Paganini (Caprice No. 24)
    SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet
    TARTINI Violin Concerto in D major, D. 53

  • Programs

    “Trumpet International”

    Honegger Intrada
    Debussy Preludes
    Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
    Enescu Legende
    Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
    Gershwin Three Prelude
    ALTERNATE ENDING (in lieu of Debussy/Gershwin):
    Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet


    “Fantasies and Fairy Tales”

    Brahms Sonatensatz (from “FAE” Sonata)
    Schumann Marchenbilder
    Debussy Preludes
    Ridenour “Fantasy Variations” on a theme by Paganini (Caprice No. 24)
    Ravel Piece en forma de Habanera, M. 51
    Prokofiev “March” from The Love for Three Oranges
    Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
    **NOTE: All selections arranged by Brandon Ridenour