Kenneth Radnofsky

Ken Radnofsky
Background information
Born July 31, 1953
Genres Classical/Experimental
Occupation(s) Performer
Instruments Saxophone

Kenneth A. Radnofsky (born July 31, 1953 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American classical saxophonist. He specializes in the alto saxophone, but plays the soprano and other sizes as well. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music,[1] the Longy School of Music,[2] and Boston University.

Early life and education

Ken Radnofsky was born in Bryn Mawr, PA. His earliest musical memories were of his mother playing the organ and of his father singing as unofficial cantorial soloist at Temple Shalom in Broomall, PA.[3]

A move to Texas at the beginning of NASA's space program, where his father was head of crew systems division,[4] brought him to Texas' music education system. Radnofsky was inspired by many teachers, including Duncan Hale, David Salge, Harvey Pittel, Joe McMullen,Terry Anderson and Jeffrey Lerner.[5] He attended the University of Houston for his Bachelor of Music degree.

Radnofsky completed his Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Allard and worked closely with Gunther Schuller. Schuller appointed Radnofsky to the faculty upon his graduation in 1976 at the age of 23, making Radnofsky the youngest member of the faculty.


Radnofsky has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared with many orchestras around the world. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1996, under the direction of Kurt Masur, and made his Carnegie Hall debut several years earlier with the New York premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto with the National Orchestral Association. He has performed on numerous occasions as saxophonist for the Boston Symphony,[6][7] including several occasions as John Williams' soloist in Franz Waxman's saxophone feature 'A Place in the Sun,'[8] and Bernard Hermann's 'Taxi Driver' suites. He also recorded 'A Place in the Sun' with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri, and Debussy Saxophone Rhapsody with New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur.[9]

Radnofsky frequently commissions and performs new music. He founded World-Wide Concurrent Premieres & Commissioning Fund, Inc. to promote the creation of new works, serving as the organization's Executive Director.[10] The composers he has commissioned for new works include Gunther Schuller,[11] Alan Hovhaness, Yang Yong, David Amram, Michael Colgrass,[12] John McDonald, Michael Gandolfi,[13] Armand Qualliotine, Jaime Fatas, Pasquale Tassone, Shih-Hui Chen, Andy Vores, Lei Liang, Jakov Jakoulov, Donald Martino, Elliott Schwartz, Chris Theofanidis, Larry Bell, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Roger Bourland, Michael Horvit, Allen Johnson, Vincent Plush, Georgy Dmitriev, and John Harbison.[9][14]

In 2015 Radnofsky and violinist Elmira Darvarova created the Amram Ensemble (violin, saxophone and piano), and commissioned composer David Amram for a new work 'Three Lost Loves.'[15] He has recorded for the Teldec, Boston Records, New World, Mode, Albany-Troy, and Philips labels. Among his notable students are Daniel Bennett, Jimmy Greene, Greg Banaszak, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Randall Hall.




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  6. Eichler, Jeremy (2008-09-25). "Levine returns to open BSO season". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  7. Eichler, Jeremy (2008-01-04). "Ringing in the year with orchestral chestnuts". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  8. Giuliano, Charles. "Steven Spielberg Joins John Williams at Tanglewood - Berkshire Fine Arts". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  9. 1 2 Tommasini, Anthony (1995-12-02). "43 Premieres for One Work". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  10. Bill, Jennifer Corl (2007-01-01). World-wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, Inc.: A History of the Non-profit Commissioning Organization. Boston University. ISBN 9780542960710.
  11. "KNOCKOUT CONCERTO FROM SCHULLER". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  12. "`WIND' CONCERT COMPELS, ENLIGHTENS". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  13. Weininger, David (2007-01-19). "With new Fantasia, composer enjoying a cosmic time". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  14. Barron, James (1996-01-14). "January 7-13;A Sax Craze, Inspired by 'The Simpsons'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  15. "Amram Ensemble Biography - InstantEncore". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  16. Erato, Warner Classics /. "Kurt Masur // Debussy & Ravel: Orchestral works". Warner Classics. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  17. "Michael Gandolfi: From the Institutes of Groove | BMOP". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  18. "Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony | BMOP". Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  19. "Albany Records: Voyager, Five Works for Orchestra". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  20. "Michael Colgrass / Gunther Schuller - Déjà vu - Works for Wind Orchestra". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  21. "New World Records: Album Details". Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  22. "Hollywood Dreams - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra,John Mauceri | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-02.

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