Karl Knapp has served as Principal Cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Madison Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra as well as the national Broadway Tour of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. An advocate of new music, Knapp frequently tours with the cello & percussion ensemble, HooDuo, which made their Seattle recital debut in 2013.
Knapp 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. His chamber studies have been with members of the Kartman Chamber Players and the Pro Arte Quartet. Solo studies have been primarily with Karl Lavine, Stefan Kartman, Nina Gordon, Uri Vardi, and Parry Karp. Knapp currently is Assistant Professor of Cello at University of Alaska Fairbanks.