Last update: 23-05-2020
Dutch-Canadian cellist Patrick Karten is a graduate of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he finished his Bachelor Diploma in 2015 with honors, and his Master Diploma in the fall of 2018.
Most recently, Patrick was a laureate of several international cello competitions in Italy, Bulgaria and the Netherlands and received distinctions at several masterclasses and music festivals.
Patrick started his piano studies at the age of four and his cello studies at the age of seven. He started his cello studies with Caecilia van Hoof, later continuing with Yke Viersen. Patrick studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from 2011 and completed his studies in 2015 with honours, studying with Floris Mijnders, solo cellist of the Münchner Philharmoniker.
During Patrick’s studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Patrick had lessons from Maarten Mostert, Floris Mijnders, Dmitri Ferschtman, Viola de Hoog (baroque cello) and most recently, Jelena Ocic.
From an early age, Patrick has gained orchestra experience, playing as a principal cellist with the Viotta Youth Orchestra until the age of 19, playing many of the greater orchestral works. He was also a member of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and the principal cellist in projects of the orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
From 2018 on, Patrick has played as a cellist in several professional orchestras like the Orkest van het Oosten, the Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.
Patrick has played in several chamber music ensembles, playing a variety of chamber music works. He has been coached by musicians like like Anner Bylsma, Vera Beths and Pieter Wispelwey and has played in chamber music ensembles with Theodora Geraets, Harro Ruijsenaars and José Gallardo.
Patrick participated in many courses, masterclasses and music festivals. He completed masterclasses with Miklós Perényi with the highest distinction in 2013 and 2015. He participated in masterclasses given by renowned cellists like Enrico Dindo, Antonio Meneses, Xenia Jankovic, Michael Flaksman, Richard Aaron, Reinhard Latzko, Ivan Monighetti and Michel Strauss. In 2016, Patrick was a laureate of the national cello competition. In 2017 and 2018 Patrick was a laureate of the Young Virtuoso competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2016, Patrick replaced his teacher Floris Mijnders, playing Dvorak’s cello concerto in B Minor with the Rijnmonds Symphony Orchestra in Rotterdam.
Patrick’s hobbies include other art forms, reading, nature and sports.
Patrick plays on a cello by Maurice Mermillot, built in 1897.