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Victoria Knudtson

Minnesota-born hornist Victoria Knudtson currently holds the position of Principal horn in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and has recently been appointed hornist of the venerable Saint Louis Brass Quintet. Knudtson is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied primarily under Jeffery Nelsen. While at IU, she also worked considerably with both Dale Clevenger and Richard Seraphinoff (with whom she studied historical performance on the natural horn). Victoria has also been influenced by the teachings of Wolfgang Vladar (Vienna Philharmonic), the late Kendall Betts, and Wayne Lu, who ignited her horn career at the age of 16.

Knudtson will soon begin the Artist Diploma program at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with Jennifer Montone.

She is privileged to be a 2018 horn fellow at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, conducted by Valery Gergiev. In 2016, Knudtson won the IU Brass Concerto Competition for her performance of Richard Strauss' 1st Horn Concerto, and was rewarded with a solo performance with orchestra under the direction of Daniel Boico. She was invited to perform in the Outstanding Soloist Showcase at the 2013 IHSMA Solo contest, and was honored as the featured soloist at the Dorian Music Festival held at Luther College.

Victoria was a beneficiary of Kendall Betts Horn Camp as a participant in 2013, 2014, and 2016. She is excited to be able to give back as a staffer beginning in 2018.

Victoria Knudtson

Curtis Institute of Music

KBHC Alum: 2012, 2013, 2015

KBHC Staff: 2018-2019