Brandon Ridenour

Trumpet Player of the Canadian Brass


Brandon Ridenour is a stylistically diverse trumpet soloist, collaborative artist, composer and arranger. Recognized as “…heralding the trumpet of the future” (Chicago Sun Times) and for “demonstrating the trumpet’s huge potential for lyricism” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), he has combined his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.

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 played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded ten albums, appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk, and received three Juno Award nominations. He also created a catalog of new arrangements for the ensemble, which are still performed today.

Brandon rejoined Canadian Brass in 2019 and is continuing to create new repertoire for the group. Brandon is a winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artist Guild, International Trumpet Guild, and the American Composers Forum, amongst others.

He has played with a diverse array of musicians including Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, John Williams, and esteemed ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and many others.

In 2019, Brandon launched Come Together, an album of reimagined Beatles music celebrating the 50th anniversary of this classic Lennon/McCartney song. This collaborative album has gone on to also be a social impact and environmentalism project. Through these diverse collaborations, Brandon hopes to convey through music the importance of humanity coming together to take better care of our planet and each other.

Brandon began arranging music for the trumpet in both solo and collaborative settings in order to expand the possibilities for his instrument, sometimes including a melding of musical styles, and creating a new cross-genre repertoire. In addition to showcasing these works in his own recital and concerto performances, his arrangements are also featured by the ensembles Founders (a quintet featuring trumpet/piano, violin/voice, clarinet, cello and bass) and USEFULchamber, both of which Brandon is a founding member.

He has recorded three previous solo CD’s, the most recent of which is Fantasies and Fairy Tales, featuring his own virtuosic arrangements of classical masterworks for trumpet and piano Brandon began his musical journey at age 5, studying piano with his father, pianist Rich Ridenour. He received his B.M. from the Juilliard School of Music in the studios of Mark Gould and Ray Mase. Outside of music, Brandon has studied sketch writing and improv at the UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) theatre company and has always been a not so closeted fan of comedy. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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