As a virtuoso trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator, Brandon Ridenour is widely recognized as one of the most multi-talented and formidable artists of his generation. Through his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, combined with his ardent passion for composing, Brandon enjoys performing and recording a unique array of repertoire that includes many of his own arrangements and compositions.
In 2006, at the age of 20, Brandon became the youngest member to ever join the prestigious Canadian Brass. The same year, he won the International Trumpet Guild solo competition playing his own composition, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, and made his solo orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. Brandon is a recipient of several composition awards, including the Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer’s Award and the Reveille Collective Composition Prize.
With repertoire that spans from Monteverdi to Radiohead, Brandon has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Ensemble ACJW, New Juilliard Ensemble, and the San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, National Arts Center, Nashville, Grand Rapids and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has been invited to play with some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Europe. Brandon has made numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall, and was most recently invited to perform “Penny Lane” alongside Sting and James Taylor for Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, where he also had the unique opportunity to meet former President Bill Clinton.
Brandon is a graduate of the Juilliard School and an alumnus of The Academy, a two year fellowship program with Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and the Weill Music Institute. Brandon began playing piano at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his father, Rich Ridenour. The two perform regularly now as a father-son duo and have created their own repertoire of arrangements for trumpet and piano. Brandon currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.