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Masterclass: Wieland Kuijken

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Renowned viola da gambist Wieland Kuijken presents a masterclass.

Born in 1938 in Dilbeek near Brussels, Wieland Kuijken’s early training included a focus on both the cello and piano at the Municipal Conservatoire in Bruges. He concluded his formal studies in 1962 with an award of the Higher Certificate in cello from the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. While studying, he developed a special interest in the performance of old music on historical instruments (something considered to be revolutionary) and at the age of eighteen, began to teach himself the viola da gamba. Kuijken’s professional career began in 1959 when he joined the Brussels Alariusensemble. Playing with this ensemble until 1972, he supplemented his activities by working with the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle, an ensemble active in the performance of avant-garde music thoughout Europe. Through the years, Kuijken has established a solidly based international career through numerous concerts and recordings with his brothers Sigiswald (violin) and Barthold (flute) as well as with Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord), Frans Bruggen (recorder), and Alfred Deller. Since 1971, he has taught gamba at the Conservatoires of the Hague and Brussels and has served frequently on the juries of international competitions held in cities such as Bruges, Paris, Boston, and Utrecht. Kuijken is a founding member of La Petite Bande and has, since 1987, been cellist with the Kuijken String Quartet. Since 1988, he has appeared regularly as conductor with the Collegium Europae, giving concerts and making recordings in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Kuijken frequently performs the complete suites for cello solo by J. S. Bach and - together with Jan Vermeulen - the sonatas and variations for cello and piano by L. von Beethoven.

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