Norwegian horn player Karl Kramer-Johansen is a much sought-after chamber musician and recitalist. As a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and the Dorian Wind Quintet, he performs regularly in New York City as well as touring across the country. A champion of new music, Karl is a member of Ensemble PI, American Modern Ensemble and a guest with Parnassus, Sequitur and other groups. He has premiered works by Marc-Antonio Consoli, Kile Smith, Wolfgang Plagge, Eric Moe and others. As principal horn of the Jupiter Symphony for four seasons, he soloed in the well-known concerti by Strauss and Mozart, as well as in rarities by Dubois, Reinecke, Chabrier and Saint-Saens. He is a winner of many prizes and awards – including a two-time winner of the American Horn Competition, the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award and the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award.
Mr. Kramer is also active as a lecturer, conductor and composer. In June 2007, he conducted the world premiere of John Eaton’s opera “Pumped Fiction” at Manhattan’s Symphony Space, and for two seasons he has been composer-in-residence for “Concerts in the Heights” – a chamber music series in upper Manhattan. He has recorded for the Philips and Aurora labels, as well as for several major motion picture soundtracks. Karl is a faculty member at Rowan University in New Jersey and also maintains a private teaching studio in NYC.
Of his chamber music performances, the New York Times has said: “The performance could hardly have been more energetic.” “horn-lines played with a rich tone by Karl Kramer.” The New York Times wrote of his performance of Milton Babbitt’s “Around the Horn”: “…is essentially a stand-up routine for a virtuoso soloist, excellently communicated by Karl Kramer.” Leading Norwegian paper “Verdens Gang” wrote of his performance of Ligeti’s Concerto: “Especially impressive was the soloist Karl Kramer.”