Karel Bredenhorst (Den Haag, 1978) studied in Holland with Monique Bartels and with Paul Uyterlinde. In Germany Karel continued his studies with Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, where he graduated the soloist class with distinction and the highest grade in all subjects. During his studies Karel was frequently coached by mastercellists such as Gustav Rivinius, Gary Hoffman, Miklos Perenyi, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma and David Geringas.
As a recitalist and chambermusician Karel performed at numerous festivals like the the Dordrecht Cellofestival, the Amsterdam Cellobiënnale, the Orlando Festival, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, the Styrian Chamber Music festival, IMS Prussia Cove, the Whittington chamber music festival, the Festival Internationale da Musica da Camera da Cervo, the Amerfortissimo festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. In these festivals Karel worked together with musicians such as Midori, Gustav Rivinius, David Geringas, Jean Sulem, Ulf Hoelscher, Paul Rosenthal, Li-Wei Qin, Jamie Campbell and Ian Fountain.
With his former string quartet “En-Accord”, Karel won several prizes and was coached by quartetmusicians such as Sandor Devich (Bartók Quartet), Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet), Martin Lovett (Amadeus Quartet), Ferdinand Erblich (Parkanyi Quartet), Earl Carlyss (Juilliuard Quartet), Tim Vogler (Vogler Quartet), Alain Meunier (Conservatoire de Paris), Thomas Brandis (Brandis Quartet), Hugh Maguire (Allegri Quartet) and Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet).
Karel currently plays at the Cello8ctet Amsterdam, is a member of Cuarteto Soltango, performs regularly with Spira Mirabilis and is founder and artistic director of the Cervo Chamber Music festival in Cervo, Italy.