Joining the Phil's opening concert, Symphonic Spectacular on September 28, 2019.
Multi-talented Ian Watson has been described by The Times in London as a “world-class soloist”, performer of “virtuosic panache” and by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a conductor of formidable ability.” He is Artistic Director of Arcadia Players Period-Instrument Orchestra, Music Director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival, and Associate Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society.
Ian won a scholarship at age 14 to the Junior School of the Royal Academy of Music in London, later winning all the prizes for organ performance. He completed his studies with Flor Peeters in Belgium.
Ian has appeared with most major UK orchestras and also the Polish and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, Bremen Philharmonic, Rhein-Main Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Komische Oper Berlin, and Darmstadt State Opera among numerous others. He is featured on many film soundtracks including Amadeus, Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Restoration, Cry the Beloved Country, Voices from A Locked Room, and the BBC‘s production of David Copperfield. Read more...
World-renowned trumpeter, Brandon Ridenour joining the Phil's October 26th concert, Mozart vs.Salieri.
Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance and self-assurance on the concert stage led to his victory at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a thriving career worldwide. 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.
Brandon began arranging music for trumpet as both a solo and collaborative instrument 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.
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. He also arranged numerous pieces for the ensemble, which are still performed today.
Active in the recording studio, Brandon’s latest project, Come Together, features his arrangements of Beatles songs scored for a diverse array of musicians/instruments. Due for release in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Lennon & McCartney classic, Brandon hopes to convey through music the importance of humanity coming together. He 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, collaborating with pianist Rachel Kudo.
Brandon has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Greensboro and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Other solo performances include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall, including his 2016 Weill Recital Hall debut and a recent Stern Auditorium performance of Penny Lane alongside Sting and James Taylor. He has also been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its annual performances of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos at Alice Tully Hall and on tour across the US.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, Brandon Ridenour is the winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild solo competition, a recipient of the 2006 Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award and, most recently, a 2016 National Composition Contest winner for the American Composers Forum. He began his musical journey at age 5, studying piano with his father, pianist Rich Ridenour. Read more...
Soprano Kristen Watson joining all three performances of the Phil's Holiday Pops, December 14 & 15, 2019.
Kristen Watson, hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone and “winning stage presence”, has made solo debuts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York City, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Emmanuel Music, at such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Anticipated to “become a valuable presence in the early-music world” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe), Kristen Watson was recently granted the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship with Emmanuel Music, as well as awards from the American Bach Society Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of NY Solo Competition, Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Louisville Bach Society Vocal Competition.
Opera audiences have recently heard Kristen Watson as the “Voice of the Fountain” in Osvaldo Golijov’s acclaimed new opera Ainadamar with Opera Boston, directed by Peter Sellars. She has performed in additional productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Intermezzo Opera, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in such roles as Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera and Monica in The Medium.
A versatile crossover artist, Kristen Watson has appeared at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra as the headlining artist on their “Holiday Pops” program, as well as “Mozart’s Greatest Hits”, both under conductor Keith Lockhart. Read more...