Kenneth Radnofsky

Kenneth Radnofsky
Woodwinds - Saxophone

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 Maestro Kurt Masur, Jerusalem Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Taipei and Taiwan Symphonies, New World Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Marlboro Festival, Portland String Quartet, and Moscow Autumn, a Russian new music festival. Mr. Radnofsky made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York 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 theperformances 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. Radnofsky has performed on numerous occasions for the Boston Symphony, thrice soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Hovhaness, Olivero, Gandolfi Concerti), with conductor Gil Rose, and twice with Boston Classical Orchestra, with conductor Steven Lipsitt.  He has been a frequent soloist with conductors John Mauceri and John Williams with the Boston Pops in Franz Waxman’s Suite for Saxophone, ‘A Place in the Sun’.

Of his 100+ commissions, American composers who have written for Radnofsky include Schuller, Amram, James Yannatos, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Colgrass, Donald Martino, 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, BarisPerker and Jakov Jakoulov have also written for Radnofsky, and all while celebrating over thirty years of teaching, with concerts in Istanbul, Rome, Taipei, Havana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Mexico City, Montreal, Caracas, Manchester, UK, Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere.

In 2018-19 Radnofsky will premiere new works by Joan Tower and Francine Trester, with recitals in NY, Boston, Vancouver, San Francisco, Calgary and Guangzhou. In 2017-18 he premiered Osnat Netzer’s Concerto with the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society Orchestra under Steve Lipsitt’s direction, and the orchestral version of David Amram’s ‘Greenwich Village Portraits,’ with The Orchesra of Indian Hill under Bruce Hangen; while in 2016-17 Radnofsky and violinist Elmira Darvarova premiered ‘Three Lost Loves,’ (the fourth work composer David Amram has written for\commissioned by Ken Radnofsky), with pianist Thomas Weaver, with their recently formed ‘Amram Ensemble.’  2015-2016 offered premieres of more new works by Jakov Jakoulov and Yang Yong, performances on NY Philharmonic Chamber Series; 2014-15 the premiere of David Amram’s ‘Greenwich Village Portraits’ for saxophone and piano, in NY and Boston, recitals in Shanghai, Bejing, Xian, Tanglewood, and performances with Chatauqua and Dearborn Symphonies.

Concurrent with his US performing and teaching, Radnofsky designed and implemented a saxophone program for Venezuela with saxophone professor Claudio Dioguardi, as well as teaching in Brazil, Turkey, and frequently in Israel, Taiwan and China. Radnofsky is committed to outreach on an international scale. His editorial on such was published in the Christian Science Monitor.  He is President of the Boston Woodwind Society, an organization dedicated to fostering the development of talented young woodwind players, and co-founder with Michael Couper, of RCEditions (woodwind music publishing house).

Current solo CD releases include David Amram’s ‘So in America (Afretto 1801), ‘Ode to Lord Buckley’ (NewportClassic Recordings), Debussy Rhapsody with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec13133/Apex), (Boston Records 1043), Fascinatin’ Rhythms (Boston Records 1044), Gandolfi ‘Fantasia’, ‘From the Institutes of Groove,’ (BMOP/sound 1028), Donald Martino’s Saxophone Concerto (New World 80529-2) and Elliott Schwartz ‘Mehitabel’s Serenade’ (Albany-Troy 646)-both with NEC orchestra and cond. Richard Hoenich,  Michael Colgrass’ Dream Dancer (Mode 125) with NEC Wind Ensemble and  cond. Charles Peltz), and soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, in Franz Waxman’s ‘A Place in the Sun,’ under John Mauceri’s direction (Philips 4321092). Kenneth Radnofsky’s principal teachers were Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Steven Hoyle, Terry Anderson, and Duncan Hale. He is Professor of Saxophone at New England Conservatory, as well as teaching at Boston University and Longy School of Bard College. He is a Selmer Artist. For more information please visit his website at:

Teaching Philosophy

Every student is unique; everyone is important. We as teachers, need to endeavor, every day, to unlock and foster their abilities.