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Kenneth Radnofsky

Saxophone; Chamber Music Faculty

Kenneth Radnofsky, saxophone—has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Kurt Masur (Debussy Rhapsody); Dresden Staatskapelle; Boston Pops; Taipei and Taiwan symphonies; New World Symphony; BBC Concert Orchestra; Oregon Symphony; Marlboro Festival; Portland String Quartet; and Moscow Autumn, a Russian new music festival. Radnofsky made his Carnegie Hall debut some years earlier with the New York premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto, performed by the National Orchestral Association. The world premiere of the Schuller was also given by Radnofsky with the Pittsburgh Symphony, with both of the highly-acclaimed performances conducted by the composer. David Amram’s Concerto, Ode to Lord Buckley, is also dedicated to Radnofsky, who premiered the work with the Portland Symphony under the direction of Bruce Hangen. He has also performed on numerous occasions for the Boston Symphony Orchestra over the last 30 years.

Other American composers commissioned by Radnofsky have included Chris Theofanidis, Larry Bell, Donald Martino, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Roger Bourland, Michael Horvit, John McDonald and Allen Johnson, along with an innovative commission of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison for a Sonata that premiered on December 3, 1995 by 43 saxophonists in different locations around the globe in an effort organized by Radnofsky, entitled World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. (WWCP). Radnofsky is founder of WWCP and has created a network of musicians commissioning today’s finest composers. Vincent Plush (Australia) and Georgy Dmitriev (Russia) have also written for Radnofsky.

Current solo CD releases include Debussy Rhapsody with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec 13133); Radnofsky.com (Boston Records 1043, with conductor Hangen); Fascinatin’ Rhythms (Boston Records 1044); Donald Martino’s Saxophone Concerto (New World 80529-2); Michael Colgrass’ Sax Concerto Dream Dancer (Mode 125); and Elliott Schwartz Mehitabel’s Serenade (Sax Concerto) (Albany-Troy 646). He is the featured saxophone soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Franz Waxman’s A Place in the Sun, under the direction of John Mauceri (Philips 4321092).

During the last few years, Radnofsky has commissioned and premiered additional solo works by Schuller, Gandolfi, Baris Perker, Yang Yong, David Amram, Michael Colgrass, Christian Yufra, Juan Ruiz, John McDonald, Armand Qualliotine, Jaime Fatas, Pasquale Tassone, Shih-Hui Chen, Andy Vores, Lei Liang, Jakov Jakoulov, Donald Martino and Elliott Schwartz, all while celebrating more than 30 years of teaching and performing, with concerts in Istanbul, Rome, Taipei, Havana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Mexico City, Montreal, Caracas, Manchester, UK, Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. His Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet performs the works of Schwartz, Wuorinen and Donatoni, as well as vintage saxophone works by Glazounov and Pierne. His new Turina Trio, (Marco Granados, John McDonald and Radnofsky) made its Jordan Hall debut in 2011 and may be heard performing on multiple tracks of ‘KenRadnofsky’s YouTube Channel.’ The 2012-2013 season includes concerts as soloist with the New England Conservatory and Boston University Wind Ensembles (Husa and Perker, respectively) and concerts in South America, while the 2011–2012 season included the premiere of James Yannatos’ Saxophone Concerto with the Longy Orchestra in Sanders Theatre, Baris Perker’s new Concerto with the Istanbul State Symphony in Turkey, Debussy Rhapsody with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and additional concerts as saxophonist for the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet and Rhode Island Philharmonic.

The 2010–2011 season included birthday concerts for Gunther Schuller (85) and David Amram (80) as soloist at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood with the BUTI Wind Ensemble, El Paso Symphony and Boston’s historic Jordan Hall—all with the composer(s) in attendance—in works specifically written for Radnofsky. Radnofsky was also featured performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Classical Orchestra and Betty Olivero’s Concerto Kri’ot with the Jerusalem Symphony, with additional concerts with the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia orchestras.

2009 performances included a Boston premiere of the original orchestration of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City (saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and piano). 2008 performances included the premieres of new works written for Radnofsky by Israeli composers Gil Shohat and Betty Olivero (commissioned by David Keidan for Harvard Judaica in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel), with performances at Harvard with the Portland String Quartet and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, as well as a performance at Tanglewood as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Franz Waxman’s Suite for Saxophone, A Place in the Sun, under the direction of John Williams.

Concurrent with his performing and teaching, Radnofsky has designed and implemented a saxophone program for Venezuela with saxophone professor Claudio Dioguardi over the last 10 years. In the summer of 2010, he also taught in Brazil. Radnofsky is committed to outreach on an international scale, nationally and locally; his editorial on such was published in the Christian Science Monitor. Radnofsky has given thousands of outreach performances. They include a teaching component and investment in community, to which he is deeply committed. He is president of the Boston Woodwind Society, an organization dedicated to fostering the development of talented young woodwind players, succeeding its founder, the late Matthew Ruggiero. He is also co-founder (with Michael Couper) of RCEditions (woodwind music publishing house).

Radnofsky’s principal teachers included Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Steven Hoyle, Terry Anderson and Duncan Hale. Radnofsky is currently teaching at Boston’s three conservatories–The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and The Longy School–as well as at Boston University. He performs on Buffet Gold Plated 400 Series Alto and Tenor Saxophones.

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