Brandon Ridenour


Brandon Ridenour Photo credit: Jiyang Chen

A virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance and self-assurance on the concert stage led to his victory at the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. In the 2015-16 season, he makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall (CAG Winners series) and other featured recitals include Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series in Chicago, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, The Regina Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University (NY), and St. Vincent College Concert Series, near Pittsburgh. As a concerto soloist, he appears in 2015-16 with the South Bend Symphony and Modesto Symphony. At the age of 20, he became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton symphony orchestras. He 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. A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, Mr. Ridenour began playing piano at the age of five under the tutelage of his father, Rich Ridenour, with whom he still performs frequently in recital and with pops orchestras.