Sébastien Van Kuijk

About me

Dear friends,
I sincerely hope that you'll enjoy browsing this page to discover more about what I want to accomplish through my musical life.

Having played for 15 years now through various classical music stages around the world, I'm at a moment of my development when the need for dialoguing with other artistic expression forms is increasing. Of course I'm not meaning to abandon the classical form of the concert! This ritual is one of the basic needs for a musician. And the richness of our musical repertoires is endless! But this solid core can (should?) develop then other artistic branches defining the frame of who we are. Cause isn't it,by fact, the most important thing for an artist to discover his deep identity? Only then wouldn't it be the beginning for him of the most powerful and personal expression? Among my "branches" are teaching, playing in orchestras as a solo cello and chamber music projects such as I conceive with my partner and lifelong friend Dana Ciocarlie (pianist), but also jazz which I share in a privileged way with Vincent Aubague (guitar), creating new concepts of shows with artists such as Jean-Marie Galey (actor), Jacques Puisais (lightening artist), Etienne Yver (painter) and many others, the development of a documentary project with a solid team composed by Arthur Valverde (filmmaker), Baptist Chouquet (sound engineer) and Jean-Yves Soubeyre (author). Today the artist must commit to the act of creation, commissioning regularly new works or refresh continually his understanding of past works. I therefore propose to share with you my experiences, my dreams and my dearest wishes, deeply hoping that it will resonate within each of you and that part of my concerts or of my recordings would once at least "fall into the hollow of your ear".

3rd Prize in " International Competition for Young Concert Performers " in Douai , 2nd Grand Prix and Gustav Mahler Special Prize at the International " Prague Spring 2000" Competition, Best Hope Award offered by SACEM at the 7th Rostropovich international cello Competition , 5th prize in the Pablo Casals international cello competition in Kronberg / Frankfurt (Germany), Winner of the Pro Musicis prize , laureate of the Banques Populaires Group Foundation ( Natixis ) and the Meyer Foundation , cellist Sébastien van Kuijk is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation . Read more...

After studying with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Müller in Paris, he receives advice from maestros such as Frans Helmerson Natalia Chakoswskaya , Gary Hoffman, Maria Kliegel , Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Davis Geringas , Jens Peter Maintz , Gabor Takacs-Nagy , Pieter Wiespelwey Gerhardt Schulz and Günter Pichler .

He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Republican Guard Paris, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bohemia, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra , the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Cello Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Paris , the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, the Besançon Orchestra, Douai Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra and collaborated with conductors such as Arie van Beek , Nicolas Farine, Emmanuel Krivine, Jean- Jacques Kantorow and Karl Anton von Rickenbacher .

He also performs in recital or solo around the world on major international stages : Salle Gaveau , Auditorium du Louvre, Radio France , Cité de la Musique , Musée d'Orsay, Théâtre des Champs- Elysées , Arsenal de Metz, Rudolfinum Prague , Tokyo Bunka Kaikan , Casals Hall in Tokyo , Amsterdam Concertgebouw , Seoul Art Center, ...

In August 2007, the Holland Music Sessions invites him to join the " New Masters on Tour " program for the 2008-2009 concert season . This allowed him to perform at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, The Hague, Bergen, ... He's also at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland) in February 2008 , patronized this year by cellist Mischa Maisky and at the Champs-ElyséesTheater in September of the same year as a soloist accompanied by the Paris Chamber Orchestra . Since that year, he becomes laureate of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

Musician passionate about chamber music , he performed alongside partners such as Renaud Capuçon , Bertrand Chamayou Ciocarlie Dana Alexandra Conunova Geoffroy Couteau, Jérôme Ducros, Augustin Dumay, Florent Héau , Gary Hoffman, Marie -Josephe Jude , David Lively, Paul Meyer, Julia Migenes , Blythe Teh Engstroem , Alexandre Tharaud, Cédric Tiberghien , the quartet Ebony, the Danel quartet ...

Its vital need to share with his audience new music led him to work with many of today's composers. He was the dedicatee of the Sonata for solo cello Karol Beffa . Nicolas Bacri also her dedication in 2004 his Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra and Thierry Escaich a piece for solo cello entitled Folia . After collaborating with composers Gyorgy Kurtag and Pierre Boulez , Sébastien also works with Henri Dutilleux 's Three verses on the name of Sacher and also plays at the concert organized in 2006 for 90 years from the master to the Maison de Radio- France to Paris in his presence.

Sébastien van Kuijk is also interested in dialogue between forms of artistic expression. And in 2012 , he participated in a project that combines bold staging, lighting design and music around the work of Arnold Schoenberg's " Pierrot Lunaire " placing the work in its original context of the Berlin cabaret work . He performed alongside Julia Migenes , Nicolas Flour, Aleksandar Tasic , Solenne Païdassi , Blythe Teh Engstroem Loïc Schneider in La Chaux -de -Fonds. This project brings him particularly to the art of improvisation. This project will replay the current 2013 /2014 season in Antibes and Amsterdam.

Alongside his solo career , he founded with his brother Nicolas , violinist, quartet van Kuijk . In September 2013 , when this young quartet won the first Grand Prix and Audience Award at the International String Quartet Competition in Trondheim (Norway) , allowing them to perform in Norway , Denmark and Germany in the next seasons music in prestigious festivals.

Sébastien van Kuijk also became principal cellist of the Geneva International Orchestra . His varied experience then allows it to be called the High School of Geneva and Lausanne to prepare the panel Cello their bands a draft joint concert conducted by Pierre Boulez / Thierry Fischer in a program combining among others " The Rite Spring " Stravinsky and" Notations " Boulez .

Sébastien van Kuijk has made several recordings with a variety of programs of works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn with pianist Dana Ciocarlie , released in early May 2009 in the INTRADA label .

He plays on a cello attributed to François FENDT late 18th early 19th century lent by the Fund Instrumental French .

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