Craig Knox is known world-wide for his decades of work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Center City Brass Quintet, as a soloist who has premiered new concertos by Andre Previn, Jennifer Higdon, and Anthony DiLorenzo, and as a pedagogue at Carnegie Mellon University and the famed Curtis Institute of Music.
Mr. Knox's world-premiere solo performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of the Jennifer Higdon Tuba Concerto inspired the Pittsburgh Post Gazette to say: "Mr. Knox played with assurance and complete command of his instrument, providing a convincing case for the solo potential of the tuba." As a soloist, he has also performed with the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own), and with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and released a solo album titled A Road Less Traveled, which included new works for tuba by Anthony DiLorenzo, David Stock, and L. Ray Stroebel. American Record Guide said of the recording: "I am quite impressed by Knox's full yet concentrated tone and crisp articulation, by his subtle dynamic control when playing at breakneck speed, and by the intricate ensemble with pianist Rodrigo Ojeda."
As a founding member of the Center City Brass Quintet, Mr. Knox has performed throughout the U.S. and Japan, and recorded 6 critically acclaimed albums of major repertoire on the Chandos and Exton labels, the first of which was called "one of the all-time great brass quintet recordings" by American Record Guide. In addition, he has recorded for the Naxos label with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet, as well as for the Albany label with the low brass section of the PSO, on an album titled From the Back Row.
Craig Knox has been Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2005, traveling with the orchestra on 12 international tours to the capital cities of Europe and China, and playing on their many acclaimed recordings, including its Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich 5 performance. He previously served as Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony, and Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland).
Craig Knox is an Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, and serves on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previously, he taught at Duquesne University, Kent State University, San Francisco Conservatory, and in addition, he has presented masterlcasses and seminars at conservatories, universities, and festivals around the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including Yale University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Music Master Course in Kazusa (Japan), Tainan National University (Taiwan), Bruckner University for Music (Austria), Stuttgart University (Germany), the New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, and the National Youth Orchestra of the USA at Carnegie Hall. His students hold positions in professional orchestras and bands around the country, as well as on the faculties of universities and secondary schools. One of his best-known former students is John DiCesare, co-leader of The Total Tubist.
Mr. Knox is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki. His other primary teachers were Gary Ofenloch, Sam Pilafian, and Chester Schmitz.
More information on Craig Knox is available at www.CraigKnoxTuba.com
John DiCesare is the Principal Tuba for the Seattle Symphony, as well as the Artist in Residence for Trombone/Tuba at the University of Washington. Previously, he was Principal Tuba of the Louisville Orchestra. DiCesare has performed with orchestras nationwide; notably the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.
John is also an avid chamber musician and soloist. He is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Tuba Project and Iron City Brass Quintet. Iron City Brass was a quarter finalist in the Fischoff International Chamber competition at in 2012. John has played solos with the Duquesne University Orchestra, Kent State Orchestra, and Wright State University Band. He has given recitals and judged competitions at many tuba conferences.
John also has a love for teaching, giving masterclasses at universities across the country. John has held teaching positions at Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Indiana University Southeast, and Campbellsville University. John is also on faculty at the Cleveland Trombone seminar every June.
John holds degrees from Duquesne University, Kent State University, and is in the final stages of his Doctorate of Musical Arts at West Virginia University where he was a prestigious Swiger Fellow. His teachers include Craig Knox, Tom Lukowicz, and John Bottomley.
John performs on Meinl Weston instruments and is a Buffet Group Performnig Artist. His instruments are the 6450 Baer CC tuba and 2250 F tuba.
John resides in Seattle with his wife Amanda and dog Bentley.