We're excited to announce that The Juilliard School's Brandon Ridenour and Kris Saebo will be visiting on January 17th! Both Ridenour and Saebo are multitalented composers and musicians and have made positive impacts on their community and around the world. They will be visiting with students and holding master classes througout the day. We look forward to having them share their experiences and knowledge with our students! You can read more about Brandon and Kris below.
A virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour is a winner of the 2014 CAG Competition. His wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, paired with his passion for composing and arranging, are evident in his versatile performances and unique repertoire. 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, and received three Juno Award nominations.
Brandon has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, among others. 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. Other solo performances include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where he most recently appeared in a performance of Penny Lane alongside Sting and James Taylor.
Brandon 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. This past year, Brandon made his Carnegie solo debut and was a winner of the American Composer's Forum competition, resulting in a commission from Sybarite5, a New York City based string quintet.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Brandon began playing piano at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his father, Rich Ridenour, with whom he still performs frequently in recital and with Pops Orchestras. Brandon is also a part of chamber groups Decoda, Founders, and USEFULchamber.
Kris Saebo leads a versatile musical life in New York City as a double bass soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, bass guitarist, composer, and teaching artist. Kris is a co-founding member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and performs regularly with A Far Cry, NOVUS NY, New York Classical Players, Ensemble Connect, and the orchestra for the Broadway show Matilda.
Mr. Saebo is also a devoted teaching artist and has worked in this capacity in the greater New York metropolitan area as well as internationally. Through his work with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, Mr. Saebo has worked with all ages in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan over the last several years. In the summers of 2012 and 2014, through a partnership between the Juilliard School’s Global initiative and Santa Marcelina Cultura, he traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to teach, perform, and collaborate with young Brazilian musicians. He has also been a visiting teaching artist at The Colburn School and at Skidmore College as part of the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, where he will return as faculty this summer.
A noted collaborator, Mr. Saebo has worked with artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, Jamey Haddad, and Nas. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where his teachers were Orin O’Brien and Homer Mensch. Mr. Saebo is also an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, which nurtures high level musicians who engage the communities in which they live and perform.