Benjamin Karp

Benjamin Karp

Benjamin Karp is Professor of Music and Director of Chamber Music at the University of Kentucky School of Music, and principal cellist with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2009-2013, he also was Adjunct Associate Professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Mr. Karp has concertized on four continents, including appearances as soloist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in China and the Espirito Santo Philharmonic in Brazil.

Benjamin frequently joins the cello section of the Cincinnati Symphony and has played in Carnegie Hall five times with the orchestra. Mr. Karp has performed with the CSO on tours of the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Singapore, and Puerto Rico. He was a member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for ten years, serving as principal cellist for five.

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.

Benjamin Karp is a widely known chamber musician, appearing at festivals throughout the United States. 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, BMG, and Centaur labels. He can also be heard on the CD The Bright Lights of America with the punk band Anti-Flag.