Sigiswald Kuijken


Born: February 16, 1944; Dilbbek, Belgium  
Sigiswald Kuijken has been a pioneer in performing and teaching Baroque violin technique. He and his brothers were all exposed to early instruments as youngsters. Sigiswald and Wieland intuitively taught themselves how to play the viola da gamba. Sigiswald studied violin at the conservatory in Bruges, then in Brussels with Maurice Raskin, earning his degree in 1964. After doing his own research into Baroque performance practice, Kuijken began Read more playing Baroque works on the violin without using a chinrest or shoulder rest and, in fact, not using his chin at all to hold the instrument. He began teaching this method, and others quickly adopted it. Kuijken performed with the Alarius Ensemble between 1964 and 1972, and then at the encouragement of the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label and Gustav Leonhardt, founded his own orchestra, la Petite Bande, to perform Baroque and Classical works. He has traveled throughout Europe, North America, Australia, China, and Japan with la Petite Bande, and together they have recorded works by Lully, Pergolesi, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and Geminiani. He also undertook more independent projects with others, such as his brothers Wieland and Barthold, Gustav Leonhardt, Robert Kohnen, Anner Bylsma, Frans Brüggen, and René Jacobs. In 1986, he and his brother Wieland founded the Kuikjen String Quartet with François Fernandez, Marleen Thiers, and sometimes joined by violist Ryo Terakado, specifically to perform Classical period quartets and quintets. That same year, Kuijken conducted the inaugural concert in London of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Kuijken taught Baroque violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (1971-1996) and at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium in Brussels (since 1993). He is frequently invited to teach at the Royal College of Music in London, Salamanca University, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, among other schools. In the late 1990s, he began doing more conducting of modern orchestras in works of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms. Ongoing projects include the sonatas of Mozart, plus Mozart's and Debussy's chamber music with his brothers. Read less
Das neugeborne Kindelein: Christmas Cantatas by Buxtehude, Telemann & Bach / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Release Date: 10/19/2018   Label: Accent  
Catalog: 24348   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart Operas / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Release Date: 05/24/2019   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95933   Number of Discs: 12
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250 Years - Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Kuijken, Et Al
Release Date: 03/28/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92876   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94389   Number of Discs: 3
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Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Release Date: 04/12/2019   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72806   Number of Discs: 2
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