Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
A virtuoso trumpeter and composer/arranger, Brandon Ridenour is a winner of the 2014 Concert Artist Guild competition and an International Trumpet Guild solo competition winner in 2006. The same year, at the age of twenty, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. While with the group he recorded ten albums, received three Juno Award nominations, performed on television, appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk, and played in distinguished venues around the world.
As a composer, Brandon has received a Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award and was a recent National Composition Contest winner 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 Ensemble Connect alum, Brandon remains an active trumpet soloist, both in recital and with orchestras. Brandon began playing piano at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his father, Rich Ridenour, and since then has started two ensembles of his own, Founders and Useful Chamber.