2018 Performer Profiles: Karel Bredenhorst

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming cellist Karel Bredenhorst back to the Southwell Music Festival.

Nederland, Amsterdam 7 augustus 2013
Karel Bredenhorst en de vliegende cello
Foto: Merlijn Doomernik

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

Hi! My name is Karel, I’m Dutch and I live and work in The Hague and Berlin. As a classical cellist I work mostly in chamber music groups and chamber orchestras Holland and Europe. In addition I enjoy very much organising my yearly chamber music festival in Cervo, Italy, where I meet with many musicians also connected to the Southwell Music Festival. Like Southwell, Cervo is wonderful magical place perfect for concerts! (and not bad for a good Spaghetti allo scoglio). In Germany I play a lot with my classical tango-band Cuarteto SolTango, a group specialised in traditional Argentine tangos from the Golden Age (1935-1952). Very different stuff then the classical repertoire, but incredibly interesting and beautiful music. Next to that I like to experiment with improvisation and perform in clubs with my e-cello and loopstation!
2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?
I definitely look forward to the Antonin Dvořák String Sextet! A work I didn’t play before, so it’s going to be wonderful to explore and discover. Also the Meditation by Josef Suk promises to be an experience!. But what I look forward the most is working and spending time with all the amazing musicians again, many of which have become dear friends after 5 years of Southwell Music Festival.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

Directly after the Southwell Music Festival I travel to Italy for assisting my former teacher Troels Svane during masterclasses. I look forward to that, since I was a student at that same course myself for many years. Soon after that I’ll finish the recording of my 3rd album with amazing pianist Simon Callaghan, followed by a small concert tour in Italy. Then when I arrive back home in The Hague I’ll be recording some solo segments for a new Dutch film, very exciting! A lot of things to look forward to.