TBJ87: Craig Knox

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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!

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