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Kenneth Radnofsky

Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra under the direction of Maestro Kurt Masur, Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, Boston Pops, Taipei Symphony, New World Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Marlboro Festival, Portland String Quartet, and Moscow Autumn, a Russian new music festival.

Mr. Radnofsky made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1996, also under the direction of Maestro Masur, having made his Carnegie Hall debut some years earlier with the NY premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto with 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 Bruce Hangen’s direction.

Other American composers commissioned by Radnofsky have included, in recent years, Chris Theofanidis, Larry Bell, Donald Martino, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Jakov Jakoulov, Michael Horvit, and an innovative commission of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison for a Sonata, premiered 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). Mr. Radnofsky is the Executive Director of WWCP, and has created a network of musicians commissioning today’s finest composers. Australian composer Vincent Plush, and Russian composer Georgy Dmitriev have also written for Radnofsky.

Current solo CD releases are Debussy Rhapsody with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec 13133), and Donald Martino’s Saxophone Concerto (New World 80529-2). In 1991 he was featured soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, performing Franz Waxman’s ‘A Place in the Sun,’ under John Mauceri’s direction (Philips 4321092).

During 999-2000, Kenneth Radnofsky premiered new works by Gunther Schuller, Yang Yong, David Amram, Michael Colgrass, Shih-Hui Chen, Andy Vires, Lei Liang, and Donald Martino, in a celebration of 30 years of teaching (all of the works bear a dedication to Radnofsky), with concerts in Rome, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, and Beijing. Elliott Schwartz, and Michael Colgrass are completing concertos commissioned by Radnofsky for 2000-2001.

Kenneth Radnofsky’s principal teachers were Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Terry Anderson, and Duncan Hale. Kenneth Radnofsky is currently Professor of Saxophone at Boston’s three major conservatories, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. Kenneth Radnofsky performs exclusively on Selmer Instruments. Please visit his web site at www.Radnofsky.com.

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