Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky 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 Kurt Masur, Jerusalem Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Boston Pops, Taipei and Taiwan Symphonies, New World Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Marlboro Festival, Portland String Quartet, and Moscow Autumn, a Russian new music festival.
Radnofsky made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto with the National Orchestral Association. Radnofsky also gave the world premiere of Schuller's Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony, with both of the highly acclaimed performances conducted by the composer. David Amram's concerto Ode to Lord Buckley is dedicated to Radnofsky, who premiered the work with the Portland Symphony under Bruce Hangen. He has performed on numerous occasions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under Gil Rose (Hovhaness, Olivero, Gandolfi concerti), and performed with the Boston Classical Orchestra under Steven Lipsitt.
Of his 100+ commissions, American composers who have written for Radnofsky include Schuller, Amram, James Yannatos, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Colgrass, Donald Martino, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Chris Theofanidis, Michael Horvit, John McDonald, Larry Bell, Roger Bourland, Allen Johnson, Elliott Schwartz, Pasquale Tassone, Armand Qualliotine and an innovative commission of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison for a Sonata, premiered Dec. 3, 1995 by forty-three saxophonists in different locations around the globe in an effort organized by Radnofsky, entitled World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. (WWCP). Mr. Radnofsky is Founder of WWCP, and has created a network of musicians commissioning today’s finest composers. Yang Yong, Christian Yufra, Juan Ruiz, Jaime Fatas, Shih-Hui Chen, Andy Vores, Lei Liang, Vincent Plush, Georgy Dmitriev and Jakov Jakoulov have also written for Radnofsky, with concerts in Istanbul, Rome, Taipei, Havana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Mexico City, Montreal, Caracas, Manchester, UK, Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere.
Concurrent with his frequent performing and over 30 years of teaching, Radnofsky has designed and implemented a saxophone program for Venezuela with saxophone professor Claudio Dioguardi. He has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and in Brazil, Israel, China, and Turkey. Radnofsky is committed to outreach internationally, nationally, and locally; his editorial on the topic was published in the Christian Science Monitor. Radnofsky has given literally 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, and co-founder, with Michael Couper, of the woodwind music publishing house RCEditions.
Current solo CD releases include David Amram's Ode to Lord Buckley (NewportClassic Recordings), Debussy's Rhapsody with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec 13133/Apex), Radnofsky.com (Boston Records 1043), Fascinatin’ Rhythms (Boston Records 1044), Gandolfi Fantasia (BMOP/sound 1028), Donald Martino’s Saxophone Concerto (New World 80529-2), Michael Colgrass’s concerto Dream Dancer, (Mode 125), and Elliott Schwartz's concerto Mehitabel’s Serenade (Albany-Troy 646). He is featured soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, in Franz Waxman’s A Place in the Sun under John Mauceri’s direction (Philips 4321092).
Radnofsky is a Selmer artist.
B.M., cum laude, University of Houston; M.M. with honors, NEC. Saxophone and clarinet with Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Steven Hoyle, Terry Anderson, and Duncan Hale. Recordings on Spectrum, Teldec, Continuum, Golden Crest, Deutsche Grammophon, Northeastern, Margun, Marlboro Recording Society, Philips, Boston Records. Also faculty of Boston University, Longy School.
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