Biography

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 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.

During the 2016-17 season, Brandon embarks on a cross-country recital tour, taking him to nineteen cities in over ten states.  Highlighted appearances include the Rockport Music Festival (MA), Beaches Fine Arts (FL), Tri-County Concerts (PA), and University of Wisconsin.  Featured 2016-17 concerto performances include the Grand Junction Symphony (CO), Westmoreland Symphony (PA) and the Gulf Coast Symphony (MS).

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, 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.

Audio

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)

Video

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

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

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Repertoire

  • 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

     

    Intrada Honegger

    Preludes Debussy

    La Puerta del Vino

    Des pas sur le neige

    Minstrels

    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano Hindemith

    INTERMISSION

    Legende Enescu

    Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 Bartok

    No. 1 Stick Dance

    No. 2 Sash Dance

    No. 3 Standing Still

    No. 4 Mountain Horn Song

    No. 5 Romanian Polka

    No. 6 Fast Dance

    Preludes Debussy

    Bruyeres

    La Danse de Puck

    La fille aux cheveux de lin

    Three Preludes Gershwin

    1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

    2. Andante con moto e poco rubato

    3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

    ALTERNATE ENDING (in lieu of Debussy/Gershwin):

    Concerto for Trumpet Arutunian

     

    Fantasies and Fairy Tales

     

    Sonatensatz (from “FAE” Sonata) Brahms

    Marchenbilder:

    Nicht schnell Schumann

    Preludes Debussy

    La Danse de Puck

    La fille aux cheveux de lin

    “Fantasy Variations” on a theme by Paganini (Caprice No. 24) Ridenour

    INTERMISSION

    Piece en forma de Habanera, M. 51 Ravel

    Preludes Debussy

    La Puerta del Vino

    Des pas sur le neige

    “March” from The Love for Three Oranges Prokofiev

    Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 Bartok

    No. 1 Stick Dance

    No. 2 Sash Dance

    No. 3 Standing Still

    No. 4 Mountain Horn Song

    No. 5 Romanian Polka

    No. 6 Fast Dance

    **NOTE: All selections arranged by Brandon Ridenour