Kārlis Klotiņš has graduated from Emīls Dārziņš Music School specialising in cello performance under Maija Prēdele and obtained a Master’s degree under Professor Emeritus Eleonora Testeļeca. He has also studied in the City of Basel Music Academy with Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta.
Klotiņš has been playing in Sinfonietta Rīga since its founding, along with being in the Sinfonietta Rīga String Quartet since its founding as well. Some of the most noteworthy performances with the quartet have been Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Guntis Kuzma in Warsaw, Ligeti’s quartet in the opening of the Spīķeri Concert Hall and George Crumb’s Black Angels in Austria. Klotiņš also plays in the Piano Quartet Quadra. Both quartets have premiered the opuses of such contemporary Latvian composers as Andris Dzenītis, Maija Einfelde and Imants Zemzaris.
Klotiņš also performs solos with, among others, such collectives as Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Orchestra (Tchaikovsky’s Variations), Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1) and Sinfonietta Rīga (Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos).
In his free time Kārlis likes to travel, run and cycle.