Bart de Kater (clarinet/basset horn) received both Bachelor and Master degrees cum laude from Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he studied with Herman Braune, Harmen de Boer and Arno Piters.

As a musician he strives to build bridges with music theater, and as such has worked with theater companies including Speeltheater Holland, de Toneelmakerij and Orkaan. Besides classical music, Bart happily explores the world of folklore music, playing the kaval (a traditional Bulagarian shepherd’s flute). Bart frequently joins the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (Dutch Wind Ensemble) for performances including the New Year’s concert in the Royal Concertgebouw, and on tours to Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Poland. He also plays regularly at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, the Nederlands Philharmonic Orkest and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and he collaborated on the Calefax reed quintet’s jubilee CD “CalefaXL”. Bart is also a member of the recent musical initiative “Splendor Amsterdam”.

Bart plays on a Schwenk und Seggelkke clarinet and basset horn that he purchased with help from the following funds: Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds, Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. With fine weather and a fair wind, Bart can be found scudding over the waters of Holland’s lakes in his sailing boat!