Brandon Ridenour is a multi-talented musician – a trumpet virtuoso, an accomplished pianist as well as composer and arranger. He attended the Juilliard School as well as the Music Academy of the West, where he studied with the Canadian Brass summer program. Ultimately, not only would Brandon be asked to join the venerable group, but he quickly took on the task of arranging and transcribing works for the Brass. An accomplished composer, he won the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition in 2006, and has taken lessons with John Adams among others. Ridenour is a fellow at The Academy -- a project sponsored by Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School of Music and the Weill Music Institute. An exclusive program, 20 recent graduates from a variety of music schools work in New York public schools, teaching and introducing young students to music. They also do chamber music performances in outreach programs to students and others as well as perform new works. Brandon’s father, Rich Ridenour, a pianist, arranger and educator, frequently appears in concert with Brandon; as the two of them have gone on to create a piano-trumpet duo.
Brandon Ridenour records for the Soloists of the Canadian Brass imprint