TBJ87: Craig Knox

Listen via


TBJ87: Craig Knox of the Pittsburgh Symphony on premiering the Jennifer Higdon Tuba Concerto, European road stories and the joys of palinka.

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.

In this fun and lively conversation, we cover:

  • Craig European road stories
  • Jeff Conner back in the day
  • Romanian palinka
  • Lance’s shoulder story
  • Craig’s tubas
  • Playing Bb tubas vs. C tubas
  • The premiere of the Jennifer Higdon Concerto in March of 2018
  • How the commission came about and the development of the piece
  • Anthony DiLorenzo
  • Studied and now teaches at Curtis
  • Audience response was great
  • The difference between the first performance and the second
  • Teaching at Curtis
  • Differences between Curtis and Carnegie Mellon
  • Center City Brass Quintet, started at Curtis
  • Studying with Sam Pilafian
  • The influence of Empire Brass
  • Playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony
  • More Sam stories!


Want to help the show? Here are some ways:

  • Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes.
  • Show us some love on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.
  • Help us pay the bills (and get regular bonus episodes!) by becoming a Patreon patron.
  • Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.)
  • Tell your friends!

Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.