Karl A. Wolff is a composer and classical guitarist, and also the founder of Clear Note, a sheet music publisher and recording label. He has performed throughout the USA including concerts with the Cornell Orchestra, the Ithaca Opera Orchestra, the contemporary music ensemble Sati, pianist Dave Brubeck, violinist Ken Fung, flutist Laura Campbell, among others.
Karl Wolff has lectured on guitar related music theory for the advancement of technique, improvisation and composing. He has taught guitar for Cornell University, Wells College, Empire State College, and several conservatories in New York State.
As a publisher Karl Wolff has focused on establishing a catalog of new works by award winning contemporary composers who write for concert guitar in solo, ensemble and orchestral settings. Published works and recordings by Apostolos Paraskevas, Stephen Robinson, Vuk Kulenovic and Lukas Foss feature guitar as a principal solo instrument.
His recordings "Baroque Music for Guitar" and "Classical Music for Guitar" feature transcriptions of noted works by the best known composers of both periods. His duet Maria Full of Grace, coupled with the first Etude by Heitor Villa-Lobos mirrors the compositional relationship between J.S. Bach's Prelude No.1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier and Ave Maria by Charles Gounod.