Craig Knox to Premiere Higdon Tuba Concerto


Updated: February 9, 2018, 9:23 AM

The Pittsburgh Symphony, after its whirlwind of a season, has announced the schedule for 2017-2018. One performance worth noting is the world premiere of a new tuba concerto written by Jennifer Higdon. Ms. Higdon is no stranger to Pittsburgh as she previously wrote a trombone concerto for the Principal Trombonist, Peter Sullivan.

This new tuba concerto will be performed by Craig Knox, Principal Tuba of the PSO, and conducted by Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The performances will be given on March 16 and 18, 2018 (which, ironically, also features the PSO performing Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique).

Ms. Higdon is also currently working on a low brass concerto that will be premiered by the Chicago Symphony low brass section in 2018.

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a trombonist, brass teacher, and blogger. He studied music performance at both Grace College and Carnegie Mellon University, and currently is the bass trombonist for Orchestra Iowa and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Jeremy started Last Row Music as an online resource of job postings and artist links for brass musicians around the world. When he is not performing or blogging, Jeremy is giving brass lessons to students throughout the country from his home in Centerburg, Ohio.