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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 Akademie 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, and 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. Recordings produced by the University of Wisconsin include a 2 CD set, "The Art of Howard Karp: Concert Recordings 1964-2000," and a 4 CD set, entitled "A Half Century of Music-Making," for 2 pianos and piano 4-hands by Howard and Frances Karp. Recent recordings include "Late Romantic Music for Cello and Piano," featuring Howard and Parry Karp and 2 CDs of the music of Joel Hoffman on Albany Records.