After a college teaching career of 46 years, Howard Karp, Emeritus
Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, retired in 2000.
He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard
School of Music, where he studied piano with Jack Radunsky and Rosina
Lhevinne, respectively. Further study took him to Vienna for work at
the Academie fur Musik as a Fulbright scholar, and to Positano, Italy
for Beethoven studies with Wilhelm Kempff.
Mr. Karp has given solo recitals in most of the United States, and has
been a guest recitalist for the American Liszt Society, the Maryland Piano
Festival, the Shenyang International Music Festival in China and the
International Enescu Festival. He has won praise for his performances
in Europe at many cultural centers, an has performed concertos with the
Minnesota Orchestra, Amsterdam Philharmonic, Hague Residentie Orchestra,
and Madison Symphony, among others. In addition to his solo activities,
he is a frequent performer of chamber music, appearing in duo and duet
recitals with his wife, Frances, and sonata performances with his son
and colleague 'cellist Parry Karp. Despite his retirement from the
University of Wisconsin/Madison, Mr.Karp's various musical activities continue.
Before coming to Wisconsin in 1972, Mr. Karp taught at the Universities
of Illinois and Kentucky. Currently he has former students on the faculties
of numerous colleges and universities throughout this country and in Asia.
His CD recording on Laurel Records of the two piano Quintets of Ernest
Bloch with the Pro Arte String Quartet has won critical acclaim. Recent
recordings include Five Aphosisms for Violin and Piano by Andrew Imbrie on
the GM label, produced by Gunther Schuller, and The Art of Howard Karp,
a 2 CD st produced by the University of Wisconsin School of Music.
A 4 CD set, entitled A Half Century of Music Making, works for 2 pianos
and piano 4 hands by Howard and Frances Karp was released in 2001.
In 2005 the University of Wisconsin released a CD of Howard and Parry Karp,
entitled Late Romantic Music for 'cello and piano.
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