College Audition Preparation

Anthony Kniffen, Tuba

Anthony Kniffen was appointed Principal Tuba of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 1997, after serving with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra since 1989.  A native of Kirkwood, Missouri, he has benefited from years of encouragement and instruction from Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips and Gene Pokorny.

Playing along with such diverse groups as folk artists The Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau in Hawaii to the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra in Indianapolis, Mr. Kniffen has also performed with the Chicago, Saint Louis, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Detroit and New Mexico symphony orchestras.  As a chamber musician, he has toured extensively in the United States with Summit Brass and in Japan with Sierra Brass.  He has won four concerto competitions and appeared as soloist with the Honolulu and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.   A highlight of Mr. Kniffen's career was performing the John Williams Concerto on an ISO Classical Series Concert under the baton of Music Director Mario Venzago in February of 2008.  In December of 2010, he appeared with the Chicago Symphony brass section in their annual concert, released recently on CD.  He has held substitute posts at Indiana University and University of Cincinnatti College Conservatory of Music and been on faculty at the University of Hawaii and the University of Indianapolis.

An avid 'accidentally successful' photographer, he is devoted to his lovely wife, ISO violist Amy Kniffen, their twins, Jason and Evelyn, and newborn, Kathryn.