Benjamin Karp received the MM degree from Indiana University, where he was a student of Janos Starker and Gary Hoffman, and a BA in Philosophy from Yale University.
He has performed concerti, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire on four continents, and became a faculty member at the University of Kentucky in 1991. Mr. Karp has joined the cello section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two international tours, five Carnegie Hall performances, 15 Telarc CD recordings, and hundreds of performances in Cincinnati. During the summer months Mr. Karp teaches, performs, and serves as Head of Strings at the Brevard Music Center in the mountains of North Carolina. For the academic years 2009-2011 Benjamin Karp served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Cello at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Mr. Karp was for five years principal cellist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and is a widely known chamber musician, appearing at festivals throughout the United States. Before coming to the University of Kentucky Mr. Karp was for six years cellist of the New College String Quartet and principal cellist of the Florida West Coast Symphony. He has recorded for the Telarc, Gasparo, Arabesque, CRI, and Centaur labels.