Loren Kitt is a native of the state of Washington and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Before joining the National Symphony Orchestra in 1970, he performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and from 1966 until 1969, served as Principal Clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony. He has been Professor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Maryland.
Among Kitt's solo performances are the Washington premieres of Roque Codero's Mansaje Funebre; Messiaen's La Tranfriguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ; performances of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, Copland conducting; Debussev's Rhapsody for Clarinet; Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major; and Strauss’s Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon.
Kitt, who was a featured artist at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in 1976, has also been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was the soloist for the first of the National Symphony's "An American Festival; Concerts at the Capitol" in 1979, performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto before an audience of 26,000 people. He returned to the Capitol concert series twice more, in 1982 and 1988. He has performed as a soloist with the orchestra at Wolf Trap Farm Park as well as numerous times on the orchestra's subscription series at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.