Karin Bliznik, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trumpet in January 2011. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Ms. Bliznik held principal positions with both the Charlotte Symphony and the Charleston Symphony. She is also currently Principal Trumpet of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
Ms. Bliznik 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, where she studied with Terry Everson and Thomas Rolfs. While still a student, Ms. Bliznik performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Pops, and New World Symphony.
As a soloist, Ms. Bliznik recently won first place at the 2010 International Women’s Brass Conference. In 2008 she premiered "Voyage VII" with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, which was written by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra composer in residence, Toshio Hosokawa. She has also performed in recital at the Kennedy Center, where she represented Northwestern University as part of The Conservatory Project. Additionally, in 2007 Ms. Bliznik won first place in both the Masters Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and in the Ensemble Division as a part of the Northwestern Trumpet Ensemble.
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.