Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments: “This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.” In addition to leading his own band, Karlsberg has worked as a sideman with various musicians including Donald Harrison, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Marvin Stamm, Dan Fehnle, Aurell Ray, Roni Ben-Hur, John Von Ohlen, Brad Goode, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Ron Enyard, Brent Gallaher, Mike Wade and Jamey Aebersold, among many others.
In July of 2007, the Dan Karlsberg Group released its first CD, The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group, featuring original music, along with compositions by Andrew Hill, Lili Boulanger, and Stephen Foster. In 2010, Karlsberg and his trio are featured on Brent Gallaher’s album, Lightwave, and his own group’s second CD titled Mission to Mars and Other Short Stories. He was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in 2007 (jazz and new artist of the year), and again in 2008 and 2009 (jazz). Karlsberg teaches annually at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and has been a guest instructor at the University of Dayton.