Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments: “This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.”
Speaking of the Dan Karlsberg Group:
this is a group functioning on the highest level of
communication and commitment...they tackle freedom and
restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front
—Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine 2008.
Besides showcasing his hypnotic style of playing - which
leans like Monk, and swings like Bill Evans, often exploding
with jaw-drop energy - the album showed that the pianist's
abilities as a bandleader, arranger and composer were on par
with his fingerwork.
—Mike Breen, CityBeat Magazine 2008.