Concerts

21st International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

26 Luglio

Rex Richardson

Rex Richardson

Hailed as “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters,” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson is one of the busiest crossover trumpeters on the international scene.  Due to his strong commitment to performance and education, coupled with his passion for the arts, Rex Richardson has been named “Personality of The Year” by the Brass Herald.

 

A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles. Since the early 90s he has worked with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, developing a unique reputation in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, a highly personal style, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms.

 

A tireless champion of new music, Richardson presented the premiere performances of concertos by Dana Wilson, Doug Richards and Peter Meechan on four continents between 2006 and 2010. 2010-2011 will see the Australian, Brazilian, Swedish and American premieres of Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto no. 2, “Rextreme.”

 

Richardson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Artist in Residence at London’s Trinity College of Music from 2006-2009.  His five solo recordings, including the most recent “Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos” are released on Summit Records.

 

www.rexrichardson.net