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
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  • 1.
    Telemann: Concertos & Suites
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24288 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Bart Coen
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    Late French Viol Music: A. Forqueray, Ch. Dolle
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 10008 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Dollé,  Antoine Forqueray
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Robert Kohnen
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    A Portrait - La Petite Band / Kuijken
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24271 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Crook,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Ewald Demeyere
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    Gustav Leonhardt Plays Bach
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953072 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sigiswald Kuijken
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    Sigiswald Kuijken Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953082 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francesco Geminiani,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben,  Magdalena Kozená,  Midori Suzuki,  Knut Schoch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731897 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Anthony Newman,  Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach,  Master John Taylor,  John Blitheman  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Wieland Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 82, 49, 58 / Kuijken, La Petite Band
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 10095 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marcel Ponseele,  Hidemi Suzuki,  Nancy Argenta,  Klaus Mertens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    German Baroque Chamber Music
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 10019 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Robert Kohnen,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696144 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville,  François Couperin,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Marie Leonhardt,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brüggen Consort
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  • 10.
    Haydn: Harpsichord Concertos, Etc / Kuijken, Demeyere, Et Al
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24188 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Ewald Demeyere,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Renée Allen,  Helen MacDougall  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    Lawes: The Royal Consort / Jacobs, Kuijkens, Leonhardt
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63179 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Lawes
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Lucy Van Dael,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sigiswald Kuijken  ... 
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    Couperin: Concerts Royaux No 1-4 / Kuijken, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 60370 Release Date: 06/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken,  Jürg Schaeftlein,  Milan Turkovic  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Etc / S. Kuijken, Et Al
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24179 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Sara Kuijken,  Luis Otavio Santos,  Dmitry Badiarov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    Bach: Musical Offering / Kuijken Ensemble
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050366 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Robert Kohnen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuijken Ensemble
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    Mozart: Sonatas For Fortepiano And Violin / Kuijken, Devos
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 20041 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luc Devos,  Sigiswald Kuijken
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    Haydn: Trios For Flute, Violin & Cello / Kuijken
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 30007 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Barthold Kuijken,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken
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    Les Maisons De Plaisance - Music For Two Viols / Kuijken
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 99132 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Christoph Schaffrath,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Vol 1 / Gustav Leonhardt, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 61814 Release Date: 09/03/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Wiel Peeters,  Wieland Kuijken,  Anthony Woodrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Vol 2 / Gustav Leonhardt, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 61815 Release Date: 09/03/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Adelheid Glatt,  Wieland Kuijken,  Lucy Van Dael  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
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    Late French Viol Music - Forqueray, Dollé / Kuijken, Kohnen
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 67808 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Forqueray,  Charles Dollé
    Performer:  Robert Kohnen,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken
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  • 21.
    Music For A Viol / W Kuijken, S Kuijken, Kohnen
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 68014 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jenkins,  Christopher Simpson,  Matthew Locke,  Thomas Ford
    Performer:  Robert Kohnen,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken
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  • 22.
    Telemann: Paris Quartets 1-12 / Kuijken, Leonhardt
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 63115 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken
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    Bach: Musical Offering / Kuijken, Kohnen, Leonhardt
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63189 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken,  Marie Leonhardt  ... 
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    Boccherini: String Quintets Op 29, Cello Sonatas / Bylsma
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63190 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Anner Bylsma,  Hopkinson Smith,  Lucy Van Dael  ... 
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    Cantata Da Camera / Jacobs, Kuijken, Bylsma, Leonhardt
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63181 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Caldara,  Nicolo Porpora
    Performer:  Barthold Kuijken,  Anner Bylsma,  Gustav Leonhardt,  René Jacobs  ... 
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