Victoria Knudtson

Horn

Minnesota-born horn player Victoria Knudtson joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as assistant/utility horn during the 2019/2020 season. Born to a pianist mother and singer father, Knudtson found her artistic voice on the horn when she was 16 years old after a coincidental meeting with her first teacher, Wayne Lu.

In 2014, Knudtson began studying with Jeffery Nelsen at Indiana University. Thanks to the horn department at the Jacobs School of Music, she also benefited from the orchestral pedagogy of Dale Clevenger and studied early music performance on the natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff. Knudtson also spent six months in Vienna, Austria, studying with Wolfgang Vladar of the Vienna Philharmonic. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she served as principal horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She successfully completed her studies in December 2017.

In March 2018, Knudtson joined the St. Louis Brass (a quintet started in 1964 by then-members of the SLSO) with whom she occasionally tours the country giving performances and teaching masterclasses. Knudtson began an artist diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music under Jennifer Montone and Jeffery Lang before winning the position with the SLSO in September 2019. While in Philadelphia, Knudtson held a core horn position with the ensemble Symphony in C, and performed frequently throughout the city with various chamber groups. As a soloist, she performed with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra and the Yale New Music Ensemble, and frequently appeared in recitals on the Curtis stage. She ardently enjoys collaborating with composers and performing new music, especially with friends.

Knudtson was a horn fellow of the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center in 2019, and at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan with music director Valery Gergiev in 2018. Knudtson plays a leader/teacher roll as a staff member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp.

When not on stage or in the practice room, Knudtson enjoys spending time outside, gardening, writing, and painting.