Brandon Ridenour


Brandon Ridenour Photo credit: Jiyang Chen

Brandon Ridenour’s wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, paired with his passion for composing and arranging, are evident in his versatile performances and unique repertoire. At the age of 20, he became the youngest member ever to join the Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. While with the group, he played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, NPR's Tiny Desk, recorded ten albums, and received three Juno Award nominations. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton symphony orchestras. Other solo appearances include performances at the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He is the winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild solo competition and the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. As a composer, he is a recipient of the Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award and a winner of the 2016 National Composition Contest for the American Composers Forum, resulting in a commissioned piece for the cross-genre string quintet, Sybarite 5. 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. A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Mr. Ridenour began playing piano under the tutelage of his father, Rich Ridenour, with whom he still performs frequently. He is also a part of chamber groups Decoda, Founders, and USEFULchamber.