As a virtuoso trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator, Brandon Ridenour is recognized as one of the most multi-talented artists of his generation. Through his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, combined with his 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; a position he held for 7 years. 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. This year he is busy soloing with orchestras around the continent, playing his most recent concerto-sized composition, "Fantasy Variations" on a theme by Paganini. The piece also featured on his latest solo album, "Fantasies and Fairy Tales", featuring many other challenging adaptations for the trumpet.
Pianist Rich Ridenour has built a formidable career arranging and performing music of great piano favorites ranging from classical masterworks to American ragtime, jazz and rock & roll. Recent orchestral engagements include Indianapolis, Kansas City, Topeka, Harrisburg, Grand Rapids, Detroit (covering for Peter Nero), Tucson, Evansville, Charleston, WV, Elgin, Owensboro, Mazatlan, Mexico as well as the Bravissimo Festival of Guatemala City. Each season Mr. Ridenour serves as pops director for the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Ridenour developed educational programs as Education Director for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He developed Camp Gilmore, Keys Fest and educational piano programs in the public schools and juvenile center. Mr. Ridenour has also instructed piano at Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and Western Michigan University.
In 2011 Mr. Ridenour co-introduced City Keys to the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Six upright pianos painted by area professional artists bring energy to the downtown sidewalks for everyone to play and explore.
Since 2013 Sarasota has been home for Rich and his wife Stacy, who serves as development director for the Sarasota Opera. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Ridenour received a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Ridenour is an international Steinway Artist.
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