Karin Bliznik, from Brockton, Massachusetts, joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in September 2013. Prior to joining the SLSO, she 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. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University studying with Terry Everson and Thomas Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

As a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, Karin spends several weeks of her summer teaching and performing in a number of the festival’s orchestras. Continuing the tradition of classical music by educating the next generation is a life-long goal, which is why it is distinct opportunity for her to coach the National Youth Orchestra through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for the second time this summer. Karin is a brass coach of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and has also worked with St. Louis’ El Sistema “Orchestrating Diversity” program. She has appeared in performances and masterclasses at the National Brass Symposium, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Karin is grateful to have been given the opportunity to perform with many internationally renowned orchestras throughout her career including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the New York Philharmonic as guest Principal Trumpet.