Karl Lavine

Chamber Music Program Director

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Karl Lavine, Chamber Music Program Director, is Principal cellist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Heartstrings Quartet Program, Karl performs in many special needs communities throughout the Madison area. Karl appears regularly at John and Rose Mary Harbison’s Token Creek Festival in Wisconsin. He has held faculty positions at Luther College, Illinois Wesleyan University and the UW Madison Summer Music Clinics and is currently the director of the Chamber Music Program for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as a private studio. As a past member of the Milwaukee based contemporary music ensemble, Present Music, Karl has recorded recent compositions with the ensemble as well as solo repertoire. He is also a member of the Kepler Quartet, a string quartet which resulted from performances of works of American composer Ben Johnston. With the help of generous grants from the Aaron Copland Recording Foundation and support from New World Records, the Kepler Quartet is recording the complete string quartets of Ben Johnston.