Seth Knopp


Pianist Seth Knopp was a founding member of the Peabody Trio, recipient of the 1989 Naumburg Award and the Peabody Institute’s Ensemble-in-Residence from 1987-2017. After making their Alice Tully Hall debut in 1990, the trio performed on the most important  chamber music series, nationally and internationally. Their reputation as champions of new music allowed them the opportunity to commission and perform the music of many of today’s most inspired musical voices.

Over his two decades as Artistic Director of Yellow Barn, Seth Knopp has built an international center for chamber music, bringing musicians and audiences to Putney, Vermont for its festivals each summer. Yellow Barn’s holistic philosophy and programming that focuses listeners in new ways, has become an important influence in the music world. In 2008 he created Yellow Barn’s Artist Residencies, the first residency program for performing musicians in the United States.

Since 2010 Mr. Knopp has been the Artistic Director of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, a critically acclaimed series of concerts at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, drawing on the relationship between musical traditions and innovation, and the unique lens through which music helps us to better understand the world. 

Now in his fourth decade on the faculty at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Knopp serves on the piano and chamber music faculties at the Peabody Institute. His solo and chamber music performances can be heard on the Artek, Koch, and New World Records labels.