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Sébastien Van Kuijk

3rd Prize of the International Competition of Young Concertists in Douai, 2nd Grand Prix and Special Prize Gustav Mahler of the International Competition “Prague Spring 2000”, Award of the Best Hope offered by SACEM at the 7th International Competition of Cello Rostropovich, 5th Prize of the International Competition Pablo Casals cello in Kronberg / Frankfurt (Germany), winner of the Pro Musicis prize, laureate of the Groupe Banques Populaires Foundation (Natixis) and the Meyer Foundation, cellist Sébastien Van Kuijk is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.

After studying with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Müller in Paris, he received advice from masters such as Frans Helmerson, Natalia Chakoswskaya, Gary Hoffman, Maria Kliegel, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Geringas Davis, Jens Peter Maintz, Gabor Takacs- Nagy, Pieter Wiespelwey, Gerhardt Schulz and Günter Pichler. He has played as a soloist with, among others, the Paris Republican Guard Symphony Orchestra, the Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian Radio, the Symphonic Orchestra of Frankfurt, the London Cello Orchestra, the Lamoureux Concerts Orchestra, the Lamoureux Concerts Orchestra, the Besançon Orchestra, the Douai Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra, in collaboration 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 worldwide on major international stages: Salle Gaveau, Louvre Auditorium, Radio France, Cité de la Musique, Orsay Museum, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Arsenal of Metz, Rudolfinum in Prague, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Seoul Art Center, Wigmore Hall in London etc. In August 2007, the Holland Music Sessions invited him to join their “New Masters on Tour” program for the 2008-2009 season. This allowed him to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Hague, Bergen, etc. He also appeared at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland) in February 2008, patronized this year by cellist Mischa Maisky and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in September of the same year as a soloist accompanied by the Paris Chamber Orchestra . Since this year, he has become a laureate of the Swiss Global Art Foundation. Due to his passion for chamber music, he performs with partners such as Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Dana Ciocarlie, Alexandra Conunova, Jerome Ducros, Augustin Dumay, Viviane Hagner, Florent Héau, Gary Hoffman, and Marie-Josephe Jude , David Lively, Paul. Meyer, Julia Migenes, Solenne Paidassi, Blythe Teh Engstroem, Alexandre Tharaud, Cedric Tiberghien, the Ebony Quartet, the Danel Quartet, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Wu Qian, Daishin Kashimoto and others. His vital need to share new music with his audience has led him to work with many of today’s composers. He was the dedicatee of Karol Beffa’s solo cello sonata. Nicolas Bacri also dedicated in 2004 his Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra and Thierry Escaich a piece for solo cello named “Folia”. After collaborating with the composers Gyorgy Kurtag and Pierre Boulez, Sébastien also worked with Henri Dutilleux’s “Trois verses sur le nom de sacher” and played at the 90th anniversary of the Maestro concert organized in 2006 at the Maison de Radio- France paris. Her presence.

Sébastien van Kuijk is also interested in the diversity of forms of artistic expression. In 2012, he took part in a project combining Stephan Grögler’s daring staging, Daan Roosegaarde and Didier Henry’s lighting design, and music around Pierrot Lunaire’s work by Arnold Schoenberg, which places the work in its original form. original context of Berlin cabaret. He has played alongside Julia Migenes, Nicolas Farine, Aleksandar Tasic, Solenne Païdassi, Blythe Teh Engstroem and Loïc Schneider in Switzerland. This project led him particularly to the art of improvisation. Parallel to his solo career, he founded with his brother Nicolas, violinist, the Van Kuijk Quartet. In September 2013, the young quartet won the 1st Prize and the Audience Award at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition (Norway), allowing them to perform in Norway, Denmark and Germany in upcoming musical seasons at various prestigious festivals. Sébastien van Kuijk has also become principal cellist of the Geneva International Orchestra. His varied experience allowed him to be solicited by the Lycées of Geneva and Lausanne to prepare the cello section of a joint orchestra formed by the two schools to perform a concert directed by Pierre Boulez / Thierry Fischer with a musical program combining among others “The Rite Spring” Stravinsky and “Notations” Boulez. Since 2016, Sébastien has also been named Principal New Cellist at Aurora Orchestra London. Several orchestral and chamber music projects are already planned with the ensemble for the next seasons in venues such as Kings Place and Royal Festival Hall London, Royal Concertgebow Amsterdam, Bilbao, etc.

Sébastien van Kuijk has made several recordings with a variety of programs including Mendelssohn’s cello and piano works with pianist Dana Ciocarlie, released in early May 2009 on the INTRADA label. In 2015, he recorded with Solenne Païdassi and Laurent Wagschal the underrated piano trio of Louis Thirion for the Timpani label. He has also recorded in 2016 for Klarthe / Harmonia Mundi Nicolas Bacri’s “Four Seasons” concertos with François Leleux, Valeriy Sokolov, Adrien Lamarca and Besançon Orchestra, which received a very critical reception. Sébastien plays a cello attributed to François FENDT from the late eighteenth / early nineteenth century on loan from the French Instrumental Fund. He recorded with Solenne Païdassi and Laurent Wagschal the underrated piano trio of Louis Thirion for the label Timpani. He has also recorded in 2016 for Klarthe / Harmonia Mundi Nicolas Bacri’s “Four Seasons” concertos with François Leleux, Valeriy Sokolov, Adrien Lamarca and Besançon Orchestra, which received a very critical reception. Sébastien plays a cello attributed to François FENDT from the late eighteenth / early nineteenth century on loan from the French Instrumental Fund. He recorded with Solenne Païdassi and Laurent Wagschal the underrated piano trio of Louis Thirion for the label Timpani. He has also recorded in 2016 for Klarthe / Harmonia Mundi Nicolas Bacri’s “Four Seasons” concertos with François Leleux, Valeriy Sokolov, Adrien Lamarca and Besançon Orchestra, which received a very critical reception. Sébastien plays a cello attributed to François FENDT from the late eighteenth / early nineteenth century on loan from the French Instrumental Fund.

 

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