Kenneth Radnofsky


Kenneth Radnofsky a choisi d'interpréter:
Kenneth Radnofsky has chosen to perform:

David Amram

Prologue *

written for Ken Radnovsky to commemorate 30 years of teaching

Michael Colgrass

Chameleon *

written for Ken Radnovsky to commemorate 30 years of teaching

Donald Martino

Piccolo Studio *

written for Ken Radnovsky to commemorate 30 years of teaching

Gunther Schuller

Saxophone Sonata

commissioned by World Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Find. Inc.

avec la collaboration de:

with the participation of:

John McDonald, piano

*Création / World premiere

Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofskv 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 Stautskapelle Orchestra, Boston Pops, Taipei Sympnony, New World Sympnony, and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Mr. Radnofsky made his New York Pnilharmonic debut in 1996, also under the direction of Maestro Masur, having made his Carnegie Hall debut some years earlier witn tne NY premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto with the Natl. Orchestral Assn. 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.

Other American composers commissioned by Radnofsky, have included, in recent years, Christopher Theofanidis, Larry Bell, Donald Martino, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Roger Bourland, and an innovative commission of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison for a Sonata, premiered Dec. 3, 1995 by 43 saxophonists in different locations around tne globe in an effort organized by Radnofsky, entitled World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. (WWCP).

Current solo CD releases are Debussy Rhapsody with the NY Philharmonic (Teldec 13133), and and Donald Martino's Saxophone Concerto (NewWorld 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).

1998-99 concerts included performances as soloist with orchestras in Taipei and Mainland China, touring with his own recital, "Music Under Siege" (works by composers banned by the Nazis), including a performance at the US Holocaust Musem in Washington, DC, and a reprise of Debussy Rhapsody with the Little Orchestra Society of NY at Alice Tully Hall. During 1999-2000, Kenneth Radnofsky will premiere new works by Gunther Schuller, Yang Yong, David Amram and Donald Martino, in a celebration of 30 years of teaching. Michael Colgrass and Eliot Schwartz have recently begun new works commissioned by Radnofsky and WWCP, respectively, for 2000-2001.

Kenneth Radnofsky is currently Professor of Saxopnone at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. He is Associate Director of the Community Music Center of Boston. Kenneth Radnofsky performs exclusively on Selmer Instruments.

A "fresh, inventive, urbane, and keen-witted young composer" (Boston Globe) and "a splendid pianist" "with a born pianist's command of colors, textures, dynamics" (Boston Globe), John McDonald has earned international acclaim as a musician. His compositions have been performed on four continents, and his work is frequently featured in the U.S.A. by such ensembles as Alea III, Arden Quartet, Boston Composers String Quartet, Hartt Contemporary Players, Marimolin, Rivers Trio, and Duo 101. Recently, McDonald served as Cultural Specialist in Mongolia, where he premiered his "Music for Piano and String Orchestra" and worked with students on his pedagogical works. In his performing capacity, recent honors include a Duo Recitalists' Grant from the NEA, an Artistic Ambassadorship to Asia, and an Artists' Residency at M.I.T. with soprano Karol Bennett (1995, 1993, 1990-91); the Bennett/McDonald performance of Hindemith's "Das Marienleben" at Boston's Goethe-Institut was hailed as Best Song Recital for 1995 by The Boston Globe, and their recording of John Harbison's "Simple Daylight" appears on Archetype Records.

A Mellon Fellowship to compose a songbook for the vocal/instrumental ensemble Passage enabled McDonald to live and work in Switzerland during the latter part of 1996. Other distinctions have come from the Viola da Gamba Society of America (First Prize, Leo M. Traynor Competition for New Viol Music, 1997), the Tufts Faculty Research Awards Committee (1997-98), Phi Beta Kappa (honorary membership, 1991), the St. Botolph Foundation (Grant-in-Aid, 1986), and the Koussevitsky Foundation (Tanglewood Fellowship, 1983). Recent commissions include a work for the Vienna Saxophone Quartet, a piece for multiple pianos for the Boston Musica Viva, a vocal work for the Harvard Musical Association, a Trio for Baroque Flutes for the Wellesley College Music Department, and Three Ways To Make A Living, for clarinet, violin, and piano, commissioned by American Composers Forum for the Rivers Trio; recent premieres include piccolo works at the 1996 National Flute Conference in New York City, orchestral pieces presented in Switzerland, Boston, and at Tufts, and works for bass clarinet, tuba, and other solo and chamber music pieces presented in the Boston area. His Piccolo Sonatina served as a "control piece" for the Piccolo Competition at the 1998 National Flute Conference in Phoenix, and he has recently completed scores for two films by Dr. Judith Wechsler sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design and the Musee d'Orsay, Paris. A two-day festival of McDonald's music was presented at Southern Illinois University in January of 1998. As a Director of Extension Works, a Boston-based Composer/Performer Consortium, McDonald frequently premieres piano pieces and chamber music by composers new and old.

Dr. McDonald is Associate Professor of Music at Tufts University, where he coordinates the composition program, teaches theory and history, and directs NME (the New Music Ensemble at Tufts). McDonald holds M.M., M.M.A., and D.M.A. degrees from the Yale School of Music, and has recorded for Albany, Archetype, Bridge, Neuma, and New World Records; his piano music appears on New Ariel Records, performed by Jeffrey Jacob. Many of his nearly eight hundred scores are published by Encore Music Publishers (a series of McDonald's works for piccolo appeared in 1997-98), and by his own Third Floor Press. Upcoming record releases include Songs by Gardner Read (with D'Anna Fortunato) on Albany, and McDonald works for solo cello ("Oracular Miniature" and "Eulogy," with cellist Thomas Rutishauser) as part of a collection on CRS.

Kenneth Radnofsky's performance is sponsored by 'The Boston Conservatory.' Kenneth Radnofsky performs exclusively on Selmer Saxophones.

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