Jennifer Culp, cellist, is currently professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been an active chamber musician for over 30 years and performed worldwide. Culp was a member of the Kronos Quartet for seven years beginning in 1998, during which time included performances at Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD Festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards, including Musical American’s 2003 “Musicians of the Year” and a Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Music Performance of Berg’s ‘Lyric Suite’ in 2004. Culp has collaborated with such diverse artists as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle, Irina Schnittke and the Romanian Gypsy Band ‘Taraf De Haidouks’. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser. Other important mentors to mention are Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner and Sandor Vegh (who worked directly with Kodaly, Bartok, Schoenberg, and Berg). Festivals attended have included Ravenna, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Kneisel Hall & Open Chamber Music of the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England (for seven consecutive years).
Culp was also cellist with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded numerous world premieres for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World, Sony and most recently Thomas Sleeper’s Cello Concerto for Albany Records.