Mark Ridenour is assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed to this position by Daniel Barenboim in 1994. From 2003 until 2005 and currently, he has served as the Orchestra’s acting principal trumpet.
He began his professional career when he was appointed third trumpet in the Lexington Philharmonic while a senior in college. He was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and principal trumpet with the Florida Orchestra.
He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Highland Park Strings and Roosevelt University Orchestra as well as brass bands in the United States and Canada. He can be heard on the Telarc releases of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Lieutenant Kijé and the Grammy Award–winning Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Asbury College, a Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed two years of doctoral studies. Currently, he is on the faculty of Roosevelt University and Wheaton College.