Sigiswald Kuijken

Biography

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

Biography

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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Ouverture
II. Les plaisirs
III. Air a l'Italienne
IV. Menuet I - Menuet II
V. Rejouissance
VI. Passepied I - Passepied II
VII. Polonaise
I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Dolce
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poca adagio
III. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Finale: Presto
I. Andante con expressione
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di menuet
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto - Allegretto
III. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Menuetto
III. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuetto
I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Scherzo: Presto
I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Finale: Presto
Ricercar a 3 voci (Harpsichord)
Canon perpetuus (Flute, Violin, Continuo)
Canon a 2 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2 (Two Violins, Continuo)
Canon a 2, per motum contrarium (Transverse flute, Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, per augmentationem, contrario motu (Two Violins, Bass Viol)
Canon a 2, per tonos (Violin, Harpsichord)
Fuga canonica (Violin, Harpsichord)
Ricercar a 6 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, Quaerendo invenietis, (Harpsichord)
Canon a 4 (Two Harpsichords)
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
Canon perpetuus, contrario motu (Transverse flute, Violin, Continuo)
I. Presto assai
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
I. Presto assai
II. Menuetto
III. Adagio
IV. Presto assai
I. Presto
II. Adagio
II. Menuetto
IV. Presto assai
I. Vivace
II. Andante moderato
III. Menuetto
IV. Fantasia moderato and Variations
I. Presto
II. Andante moderato
III. Menuetto
IV. Fantasia moderato and Variations


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