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 and a thriving career worldwide.  Recognized as “…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 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.  His arrangements are featured by ensembles including Founders and USEFULChamber, and have been performed extensively by Canadian Brass, of which Brandon was the youngest member to ever join at the age of 20.

Active in the recording studio, Brandon’s latest record release, Come Together, features his arrangements of Beatles songs scored for a diverse array of instrumentations. The record celebrates the 50th anniversary of this Lennon & McCartney classic, Brandon hopes to convey through music the importance of humanity coming together.  Other recent releases include Fantasies and Fairy Tales, featuring his own virtuosic arrangements of classical masterworks for trumpet and piano.

Brandon has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Greensboro 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.  He has also been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its annual performances of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos at Alice Tully Hall and on tour across the US.

Brandon is currently based in New York City. 


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

    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

    Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major

    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)

  • 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