Karel & Simon

It is not a mystery why so many composers were moved and fascinated by the warm and sonorous sound of the cello. Since the introduction of the thumb position in the 17th century, the new solistic and technical possibilities of the cello exploited by Boccherini, Duport, Romberg, Casals, Shafran and Rostropovich among others were an inspiration to many composers from Beethoven to Rachmaninov and beyond.

Now, 300 years later, the cello and piano duo has a rich repertoire of classical, romantic and modern sonatas, demanding and virtuosic for both instruments, provided by all the great composers in classical history. As Duo Verzaro, the british pianist and Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan (London) and dutch cellist Karel Bredenhorst (Cello8ctet Amsterdam) explore this repertoire, and perform at the highest level of musicianship and technical excellence.

With a broad repertoire from Bach to the Romantics, their repertoire for the 2017/18 will include works by Strauss, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, and Brahms.  In september 2016 they recorded their first CD in Cervo and their second album is set for release in december 2017.


Karel Bredenhorst | cello
Simon Callaghan | piano


Duo Verzaro: Fauré Romance Op.69

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Projected repertoire for the 2017-18 season:

"Lebensfreude!" ­ (90min with interval)

R. Strauss - Romance in F major 

R. Strauss - Cello Sonata in F major, Op.6 

- interval­ -

G. Fauré - Romance Op.69 and Papillon Op.77

F. Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No.2 in D major, Op.58 

"Mixed" ­ (90min with interval)

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in g, Op. 5 No.2

R. Strauss - Cello Sonata in F major, Op.6 

- interval­ -

N. Myaskovsky Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in D, Op.12 - YouTube / Spotify

F. Chopin Polonaise Brillante (arr. Feuermann) - Spotify


Projected repertoire for the 2016-17 season:

"CD Debut" ­ (90min with interval)

R. Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73 - Spotify

J. Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in F, Op.99 - YouTube / Spotify

- interval­ -

N. Myaskovsky Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in D, Op.12 - YouTube / Spotify

F. Chopin Polonaise Brillante (arr. Feuermann) - Spotify



Complete repertoire Duo Verzaro:

J.S. Bach - Gamba sonata No.2 in D, BWV 1028

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in F, Op. 5 No.1

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in g, Op. 5 No.2

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.3 in A, Op.69

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.4 in C, Op. 102 No.1

L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No.5 in D, Op. 102 No.2
L. Beethoven 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" 
J. Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in e, Op.38

J. Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in F, Op.99

F. Chopin introduction & Polonaise Brillante (arr. Feuermann)

F. Chopin Sonata for cello and piano in G min Op.65 - YouTube

G. Fauré - Romance for cello and piano, Op.69 - YouTube

G. Fauré - Papillon for cello and piano, Op.77

G. Fauré - Elegie, Op.24

G. Fauré - Cello Sonata no.2 in G, Op.117

F. Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No.2 in D major, Op.58 

N. Myaskovsky Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in D, Op.12 - YouTube

S. Rachmaninov Sonata for piano and violoncello in g, Op.19

R. Schumann Adagio & Allegro Op.70

R. Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73

R. Strauss - Romanze in F major 

R. Strauss - Cello Sonata in F major, Op.6

Combinations and suggestions are happily considered.