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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Karl Knapp

About the Episode 

This week I chat with Karl Knapp, a Suzuki cello instructor among   many other things. We chat about motivations from modern music and how it can   inspire students take their learning to the next level.

Meet the Guest

 As an active Suzuki educator in Alaska, Karl helped found the Alaska Cello   Intensive. ACI is a two-week summer program which combines intense music   study with the similarly intense experience of Alaska's midnight sun and landscapes   like Denali national park or Kennecott Glacier.    Karl graduated with his Master and Doctorate of Music degrees from   University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a member of the Hunt Quartet,   an educational ensemble which took classical music into the elementary   schools in the area. He has performed in the Madison Symphony Orchestra,   Minnesota Orchestra, Madison Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera Orchestra.   His studies have been with with Karl Lavine, Stefan Kartman, Nina Gordon, Uri   Vardi, Parry Karp, and the members of the Pro Arte Quartet.    Karl has received Suzuki training from Barbara Wampner, Alice Ann O'Neill,   Carol Tarr, Nancy Hair, and Pamela Devenport.

Dr. Karl Knapp is known not only as a devoted Suzuki educator but   also for his solo and chamber music performances. He recently served as   Principal Cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arctic   Chamber Orchestra and the Juneau Symphony Orchestra.

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