Brandon Ridenour is a stylistically diverse trumpet soloist, collaborative artist, composer and arranger. Recognized as “…heralding the trumpet of the future” (Chicago Sun Times) and for “demonstrating the trumpet’s huge potential for lyricism” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), he has combined his wide-ranging activities as soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.
At the age of twenty, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. With the group, he played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded ten albums, appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk, and received three Juno Award nominations. He also created a catalog of new arrangements for the ensemble, which are still performed today. Brandon rejoined Canadian Brass in 2019 and continues to create new repertoire for the group.
Brandon is a winner of numerous competitions, including Concert Artists Guild, International Trumpet Guild, and the American Composers Forum. He has played with a diverse array of musicians, including Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, John Williams, and esteemed ensembles, such as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019, Brandon launched Come Together, an album of reimagined Beatles music celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Lennon/McCartney song. Brandon has since developed this collaborative album into a larger social impact and environmentalism project, with the mission of conveying, through music, the importance of humanity coming together to take better care of our planet and each other.
Brandon began arranging both solo and collaborative music for the trumpet 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. He has recorded three previous solo albums, most recently Fantasies and Fairy Tales which features his own virtuosic arrangements of classical masterworks for trumpet and piano.
Brandon began his musical journey at age 5, studying piano with his father, pianist Rich Ridenour. He received his B.M. from the Juilliard School of Music in the studios of Mark Gould and Ray Mase.
Outside of music, Brandon has studied sketch writing and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre company and has always been a not-so-closeted fan of comedy. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
For more info, please visit www.brandonridenour.org
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)
- Orchestral Repertoire
Alexander Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in A-flat Major (1950)
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
Concerto in D Major for Trumpet and Strings (after Vivaldi), BWV. 972
Oskar Böhme Trumpet Concerto in F minor, Op. 18
Copland Quiet City (for trumpet, cor anglais, and string orchestra)
Peter Eötvös Snatches of a Conversation (2001)
[for double belled trumpet + narrator]
Michael Gilbertson Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (2017)
Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
Lennon/McCartney Five Beatles Songs for Trumpet and Strings
(Arr. B. Ridenour) (Eleanor Rigby; Blackbird; Across the Universe; Yesterday; Penny
Mozart Concerto for Flute in D Major, K. 314
(Trans. for Flugelhorn in E-flat by B. Ridenour)
Ridenour/Paganini Fantasy Variations on a theme by Paganini (Caprice No. 24)
Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet
Gregory Spears Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings **
**Commissioned for B. Ridenour by BMI Foundation and CAG
(suggested pairing with the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets)
Tartini Violin Concerto in D Major, D. 53
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings
Two Arias for Trumpet and Strings (Arr. B. Ridenour)
Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lacrime (from Il Giustino, RV 717)
Agitata da du venti (from Griselda, RV 718)
Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
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)
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