Kenneth Radnofsky

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

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

Radnofsky studied with Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Terry Anderson, and Duncan Hale. He 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,[2][3] including several occasions as John Williams' soloist in Franz Waxman's saxophone feature 'A Place in the Sun,'[4] and Bernard Hermann's 'Taxi Driver' suites. He also recorded 'A Place in the Sun' with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri (Philips 4321092), and Debussy Saxophone Rhapsody with NY Philharmonic under Kurt Masur (Teldec 13133).[5]

Radnofsky frequently 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.[5] The composers he has commissioned for new works include Gunther Schuller,[6] Alan Hovhaness, Yang Yong, David Amram, Michael Colgrass,[7] John McDonald[disambiguation needed], Michael Gandolfi,[8] 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.[5][9]

In 2003, he formed the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet, which performs new works as well as works from the standard repertoire. He has recorded for the Teldec, Boston Records, New World, Mode, Albany-Troy, and Philips labels. Among his notable students are Daniel Bennett, Greg Banaszak, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Randall Hall.


  1. ^ Faculty Profile
  2. ^ Levine Returns to Open BSO Season
  3. ^ Ringing in the Year with Orchestral Chestnuts
  4. ^ Steven Spielberg joins John Williams at Tanglewood
  5. ^ a b c 43 Premieres for One Work
  6. ^ Knockout Concerto from Schuller
  7. ^ Wind Concert Compels, Enlightens
  8. ^ With New Fantastia, Composer Enjoying a Cosmic Time
  9. ^ A Sax Craze, Inspired by 'The Simpsons'

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