Brandon Ridenour, a winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition, will perform with pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.
It is the third concert in the 2015-16 Friends of Good Music concert series. The program will feature works by Bartok, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel, Villa-Lobos and one of Ridenour’s own compositions.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, Ridenour, at the age of 20, 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 10 albums, and received three Juno Award nominations.
The trumpeter has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton symphony orchestras. He has played with leading ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Ridenour 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.
Pianist Naomi Kudo was born in Washington, D.C., to Japanese-Korean parents and studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Joseph Kalichstein at the Juilliard School.
Naomi Kudo has received international recognition in several competitions, including the Ninth Oberlin International Piano Competition (First Prize, 2003), the 2005 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (she was the only American finalist); Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at the Juilliard School (First Prize in 2007), and she was awarded the Second Prize in the National Chopin Competition in Miami, Fla., just last March.
Highlights of her career include recital and concerto performances in Russia, Japan, Italy, Austria, and Poland. Naomi Kudo’s appearances with orchestras include the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fukui Symphony Orchestra, and others. She is featured in “Defining Chopin,” a film documentary about four American pianists competing in the 2005 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Individual concert tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students.
For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494. For all Friends of Good Music performances, Quick Center galleries will open one hour before the performance and remain open throughout intermission.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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