CV Patrick Karten (1992) – last update: January 2022

Dutch-Canadian performing cellist Patrick Karten is a graduate of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he completed both his Bachelor (2015) and his Master studies (2018).

Most recently, Patrick was a laureate of several international cello competitions in Italy, Bulgaria and the Netherlands and a cellist in several professional orchestras throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Patrick completed his studies with honours, studying with Floris Mijnders, solo cellist of the Münchner Philharmoniker and Jelena Ocic, an internationally renowned cello soloist and teacher.

From a young age, Patrick has gained orchestra experience, playing as a principal cellist with both the Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Viotta Youth Orchestra until the age of 19. Later on, Patrick was a member and the principal cellist in orchestra projects of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and in projects of the symphony orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Patrick has played as a soloist with several amateur orchestras throughout the Netherlands, like the Rijnmonds Symfonie Orkest.

On a regular basis, Patrick performs as a tutti cellist in professional orchestras like the Orkest van het Oosten in Enschede, the Noord Nederlands Orkest in Groningen, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Gürzenich Orchester in Cologne.

Patrick has played in a variety of chamber music ensembles. He has played chamber music together with, among others, José Gallardo, Theodora Geraets, Enrico Dindo and Rosanne Phillippens.

Patrick participated in many festivals and masterclasses. He completed masterclasses with Miklós Perényi with the highest possible distinction. He has followed lessons with Michel Strauss, Antonio Meneses, Michael Flaksman and Reinhard Latzko.

Patrick has a great interest in other music genres. He has worked together with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, playing the cello part on the track ‘Lions in the Wild’, a song that has reached more than 53 million views on YouTube.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrick continued his Master studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies Business Management. He will receive his degree of Master of Science at the beginning of 2022.

Patrick is bilingual in Dutch and English and holds both the Dutch and the Canadian citizenship. Next to this, he holds a B-level diploma in both German (Goethe) and French (DELF).

Patrick plays on a cello by Maurice Mermillot, built in 1897.