Yamaha Solo Artist
REX RICHARDSON, TRUMPET SOLOIST AND JAZZ ARTIST
Hailed as “An artiste with an exceptional talent ...one of the finest trumpet players in the world today,” (4barsrest.com) and “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters,” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald Personality of the Year. A veteran of the renowned chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and appearances with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, he stays busy as a headline artist at international festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, jazz ensembles, brass bands and concert bands on five continents.
Renowned as a champion of new music, Rex premiered concertos by Dana Wilson, Doug Richards and Peter Meechan on four continents. Since 2010 he has premiered Jim Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto no. 2, “Rextreme” in Australia, South America, the U.K., Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Rex’s solo recordings are released on Summit Records. According to the ITG Journal, his 2010 release Magnum Opus “...without a doubt, puts Rex Richardson among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today.” (Jan. 2011)
Rex is professor of trumpet and jazz trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Yamaha Artist-in- Residence at the Royal Northern College of Music.