Karlien Bartels | cellist


Dutch cellist Karlien Bartels won first prizes at the Prinses Christina Competition, the Young Music Talent Foundation and was admitted at an early age to the 'Facilities for Excellent Young Musicians', a special program for Holland's most talented young musicians financed by the Dutch Government, which enabled her to go abroad, give concerts, and attend masterclasses with renowned cellists such as David Geringas, Alexander Rudin or Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She was awarded with scholarships from the VSB Foundation, Prins Bernhard Foundation and the prestigious Huygens Grant. 

In Paris she was chosen « lauréat boursier » de la Banque Société Générale and Fondation Meyer, and obtained 3rd and special prize in the « Concours International Flame Paris ». Her career brought her to perform in most European countries, in Japan and the USA. As a soloist she performed most of the well-known concertos by Schumann, Dvorak, Haydn, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Bloch, and Elgar. A very active and enthusiastic chamber musician, she played in most of Paris' major concert halls, such as Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique, Invalides, Opéra Comique, and was invited at several festivals such as Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Richelieu or the International Chamber Music Schiermonnikoog. 

Karlien worked together and had masterclasses with artists such as Ivry Gitlis, Richard Aaron, Roland Pidoux, Gustav Rivinius, Tanja Tetzlaff, Hatto Beyerle, the Juilliard String Quartet... 

Very fond of the symphonic repertoire, Karlien plays regularly in several reknown orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National d'Ile de France, and was invited as co-soloist in the National Orchestra of Belgium. She worked with conductors like Llorin Maazel, Herbert Blomstedt, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach and Andris Nelsons amongst many others.

Karlien Bartels was born in Groningen, the Netherlands. She started playing the cello with Wilma van der Wardt, and subsequently studied at the North Netherlands Conservatoire with amongst others Troels Svane. Soon after completing grammar school she moved to Paris to study with Michel Strauss at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and obtained her Master's Degree with a 'Premier Prix'. Chamber music she worked with Itamar Golan, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Alain Meunier amongst others. She obtained a Post Graduate Degree as well from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she perfectioned studies with Reinhard Latzko.

Since 2012 she holds a teaching position at the ArtEZ Conservatoire (Conservatoire of Arnhem, Zwolle and Enschede), The Netherlands. Karlien Bartels plays a cello by Claude Augustin Miremont (Paris 1882), a kind loan from the 'Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds', Amsterdam.