Karl Pedersen joined the Columbus Symphony as principal viola at the start of the 2011-12 season. Previously Karl was rotating principal of the New World Symphony in Miami for three years and was principal viola of the Breckenridge Music Festival for two years. He has recorded and performed with the Kansas City Symphony, and performed with the Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, and as concertmaster with the Oskaloosa and Ottumwa Symphonies. Born in Kansas City, MO, he received his bachelor's of music at University of Iowa under Christine Rutledge. He completed his master's of music at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Victoria Chiang and former Philadelphia Orchestra violist, Stephen Wyrczynski.
An avid chamber musician he is also a member of the Meridian String Quartet, which had residencies the past three years at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. He has performed chamber music with cellists David Hardy and Anne Martindale Williams, and violinists Andres Cardenes and Soovin Kim, as well as harmonica player Corkey Siegel.
Outside the US, he has performed in France, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. He has also appeared on stage performing before speeches by Colin Powell and Oprah. In 2005 and 2006, he was awarded the Peabody Career Development Grant. His chamber performances can be heard on Performance Today from public radio. He is currently on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.