Karin Bliznik, from Brockton, Massachusetts, joined the Grammy Award winning Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in September 2013. Prior to joining the SLSO, Karin held the Associate Principal position in the Atlanta Symphony as well as Principal positions with the Santa Fe Opera, Charlotte Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony.  


Karin received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, studying with Terry Everson and Thomas Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Karin has spent several of her summers teaching and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Continuing the tradition of classical music by educating the next generation is a life-long goal. Karin is a brass coach with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in New York City. This past summer, she joined faculty at the National Orchestra Institute as well as the New England Virtual Trumpet Seminar. In Atlanta, Karin was an artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University, and on faculty for the Talent Development Program and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, she continues that tradition as a brass coach of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and has worked with St. Louis’ El Sistema “Orchestrating Diversity” program. Karin has appeared in performances and masterclasses at the National Brass Symposium, the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, and the International Women's Brass Conference.

Karin has performed with a wide range of artists covering many genres such as pop artists Stevie Wonder, Kayne West, and the Temptations, to world class orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. She has recently been inducted into the newest class of voting members of the Recording Academy and will be launching a new record label, Tower Grove Records, aimed at making solo recording and cross-genre creativity more accessible to the classical community. www.towergroverecords.com


Festival appearances include Spoleto, Aspen, Eastern Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez.  She also spent two summers as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.