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, Lalo and Elgar. She played recitals at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Reduta concert hall in Bratislava, the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam and performed in most of Paris' major concert halls such as Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique, Invalides, Opéra Comique. A very active and enthusiastic chamber musician, she was invited at numerous festivals such as Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Richelieu, the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, Kraków Cello Spring etc. Together with pianist Mami Hagiwara she played many recitals, and toured in Japan in 2010.

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 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'. She received chamber music guidance from 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. She 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... 

Since 2012 she holds a teaching position at the ArtEZ Conservatoire in The Netherlands, and is regularly invited to teach masterclasses in Poland, France and Spain. Karlien Bartels plays a cello by Claude Augustin Miremont (Paris 1882), a kind loan from the 'Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds', Amsterdam.