Hornist Kārlis Rērihs, born in 1990, was first taught by his father Raitis Rērihs at the Dundaga Music and Art School. After graduating the horn class in Dundaga, Kārlis continued studies at Jāzeps Mediņš Music High School in Riga with teachers Juris Knābe and Artūrs Šults, receiving the 1st prize of Juris Jurjāns International Competition “Young Hornist” while studying there. In Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music he studied with docent Gatis Evelons. Kārlis received his bachelor's degree in the Lucerne School of Music in Switzerland, graduating from professor Olivier Darbellay's horn class. And since June 2017 the young musician can truly call himself a successor of the legendary hornist Arvīds Klišāns, who was Kārlis' instructor when he received his master's degree from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. During his study years Kārlis also took master classes with Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatković, Will Sanders, Erja Joukamo-Ampuja and other renowned musicians.
As a chamber musician and orchestra musician Kārlis has participated in Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, Davos Young Artists Festival, SoNoRo International Music Festival in Bucharest and Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich, performing with conductors Neeme Järvi, Heinz Holliger, Pablo Heras-Casado and Jonathan Stockhammer.
Kārlis is enthusiastic about contemporary music, and has gained experience performing in the new music language in ensembles such as Collegium Novum Zurich and Boswil Ensemble. Since 2015 Kārlis performs in orchestra “Rīga”.
He has taught master classes in the Zhaoqing University in China, as well as in Latvian music schools.