BIOGRAPHY 

Craig Knox is Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and a founding member of the Center City Brass Quintet. With these ensembles and others, he has performed for audiences across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and been heard on recordings, and radio, television and internet broadcasts around the world.

Mr. Knox works regularly with music students through his teaching positions at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, as well as at music festivals, seminars and conservatories around the world, where he appears as a guest clinician.

Sharing the beauty of music with others is a lifelong pursuit and passion of Mr. Knox, which is realized by his performance and teaching activities.

Craig Knox joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba in 2005. His previous orchestra positions included Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony (Miami). He has performed as a guest artist with many other major American orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, and Minnesota, as well as with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Since 1995, he has spent part of each summer as Co-Principal Tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

Since joining the PSO, Mr. Knox also performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. He has been an active chamber musician for many years, having co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, which has performed in recital throughout the U.S. and Japan, and been heard numerous times on NPR. Its six recordings on the Chandos and Octavia labels have met with critical acclaim, the first being described by American Record Guide as “one of the all-time great brass quintet recordings.” In addition, he played for several seasons with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet - with which he recorded for the Naxos label - and has toured with the Empire Brass.

In January 2012, Knox released his first solo album, A Road Less Traveled, of music for tuba and piano. In March 2012, he performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the world-premiere of the Andre Previn Triple Concerto for Horn, Trumpet and Tuba, which was commissioned by the PSO for Knox and his colleagues; Previn conducted the performances. As a soloist, Mr. Knox has also performed with the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) in Washington D.C., the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, in addition to recital performances at universities and music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.   

In 2008, the Albany label released a CD recording featuring Mr. Knox and his colleagues in the PSO low-brass section. Featuring chamber music, orchestral collections and original compositions for three trombones and tuba, the album – titled From the Back Row – was called “hauntingly beautiful” and “hair-raising” by the American Record Guide.

Mr. Knox has performed on the soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures, including Spy Kids, Mars Attacks!, Jefferson in Paris, One Fine Day, and Elmo in Grouchland, which won a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album.

Mr. Knox is Artist Lecturer of Tuba at Carnegie Mellon Universityand serves on the faculty of his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He previously served on the faculty at Duquesne University, Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, California State University-Stanislaus, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was Director of the Brass Chamber Music program. He has presented master classes, seminars and recitals at universities, conservatories and festivals around the world, including the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, (Japan), the International Brass Symposium (Italy), Tainan National University (Taiwan), Bruckner University for Music (Austria), Stuttgrart Conservatory (Germany), the National Orchestral Institute (University of Maryland), the New World Symphony, as well as the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory, Toronto), University of Michigan, and Indiana University, among many others.

A native of Storrs, Connecticut, Mr. Knox began formal musical studies on the classical guitar at age 6, and took up the baritone horn in the 5th grade. At age 11, while attending a summer music camp, he was so enamored of the student orchestra that he switched to tuba so he could pursue a life in music as an orchestral performer. His first teachers included Gary Ofenloch, Samuel Pilafian, and Chester Schmitz. He attended the
Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Orchestra and earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and continued with graduate study at Boston University with Samuel Pilafian.

 

 

 

 

 

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Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 



Center City Brass Quintet


  


Craig Knox is a Melton/Meinl Weston Artist.
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