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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  • 26.
    Adventures In Early Music
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 68859 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Anonymous,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken,  Robert Kohnen,  Barthold Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Gustav Leonhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  Collegium Aureum,  Sequentia  ... 
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  • 27.
    Mozart: Sonatas For Piano And Violin, Vol. 3
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 95113 Release Date: 06/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Luc Devos
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  • 28.
    Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos / Leonhardt, Bruggen, Kuijken, Bylsma
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 62946 Release Date: 06/03/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Janneke Van der Meer,  Lucy Van Dael,  Wiel Peeters,  Marleen Thiers  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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    Couperin: L'apothéose A La Mémoire De Lully, Etc / Kohnen
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 62941 Release Date: 06/03/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Lucy Van Dael,  Wieland Kuijken,  Robert Kohnen,  Sigiswald Kuijken  ... 
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    Mozart: Sonatas For Violin And Piano / Leonhardt, Kuijken
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 62953 Release Date: 06/03/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sigiswald Kuijken
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    Haydn: Six Quartets Op 5, London Trios / Kuijken Ensemble
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 932911 Release Date: 01/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken,  Marc Hantaï,  François Fernandez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuijken Ensemble
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    Bach: Partitas & Sonatas BWV 1001-1006 / Sigiswald Kuijken
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 277043 Release Date: 01/02/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken
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