Karl Pituch



Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 1988, he finished as one of the top five hornists at the 37th International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. Pituch was the grand prizewinner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions.

Before joining the DSO, Pituch was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland and at the Hollywood Bowl. He also served as guest Principal Horn with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their European Tour in 2004 and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Pituch can be heard on many recordings with the Dallas, San Francisco and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras.
As a soloist, Pituch has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous horn conferences and has served as a judge in the American Horn Competition. An active chamber musician, Pituch was a member of the Spring Wind Quintet for 11 years and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vt.; Crested Butte, Colo.; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan (with the Center City Brass Quintet); and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).
Pituch earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo where he studied with Mary Kihslinger. He also studied with Froydis Wekre of the Oslo Philharmonic and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony. For seven years, he was the horn instructor at the University of Hawaii.