Bio

Patrick Karten most recently graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the fall of 2018, where he completed his Master studies with Jelena Ocic.

Patrick started his piano studies at age 4 and his cello studies at age 7. He started cello lessons with Caecilia van Hoof in The Hague, and continued his studies with Yke Viersen from the age of 14. In 2011, Patrick got accepted to the Conservatory of Amsterdam. At the Conservatory of Amsterdam he finished his Bachelor’s degree with Floris Mijnders in 2015 with honours.

During the period of studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Patrick also studied with Maarten Mostert, as well as having regular lessons from Dmitry Ferschtman.

While studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Patrick participated in many masterclasses and festivals throughout the world. He completed a masterclass with Miklos Perényi in Vienna with the highest distinction. He participated in masterclasses given by renowned cellists like Enrico Dindo, Antonio Meneses, Xenia Jankovic, Pieter Wispelwey, Reinhard Latzko, Anner Bylsma, Michel Strauss and Michael Flaksman

In 2016, Patrick was a laureate of the National Cello Competition during the Cello Biennale. In 2017, Patrick was a laureate of the Young Virtuoso competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as the Italian International Cello Competition.

In 2015 Patrick replaced his teacher Floris Mijnders, playing Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Rijnmonds Symfonie Orkest in Rotterdam.

Already since a young age, Patrick has been a member of multiple youth orchestras. He has been principal cellist of the Viotta Youth Orchestra for many years, touring through Europe and playing a wide range of orchestral repertoire. Also, Patrick has been the  principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam on many different occasions. Next to this, Patrick was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, both during the winter and the summer tours.

Patrick plays on a Maurice Mermillot cello, built in 1887.