Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman is quickly building her career as an exceptional chamber musician and soloist. She has won prizes both as a soloist (National Cello Competition of Cellobiennale Amsterdam 2016) and with the Alkyona Quartet and the Chloé Trio.
For the 2019-2020 academic year she has been awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship supported by the Royal College of Music in London. Previously she completed a Bachelor degree there with first class Honours with professor Melissa Phelps and last July she obtained a Masters of Performance diploma with professor Richard Lester. BBC 3 broadcasted her performance of Webern’s 2 pieces for cello and piano in 2018. Jobine was awarded second prize in the Young Music Talent of the Year Competition (2011) and the Anna Shuttleworth Prize in the RCM cello competition (2016). In 2017 she played the second Bach Suite at Wigmore Hall as part of the RCM String Showcase concert. Last October she appeared as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in the cello concerto of Schumann under baton of Jesus Uzcategui. Previously she has also performed the Shostakovich, Haydn, Saint-Saëns cello concertos.
Jobine is a passionate chamber musician and a member of several successful ensembles with whom she performs regularly in the UK and the Netherlands.
She joined the Volkmann Piano trio in 2016 and recently they have given concerts for the Supreme Court and in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Other highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room in Royal Albert Hall, Leith Hill Place, and the Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. The Alkyona Quartet is currently recording their first CD, which will appear in 2020, featuring works by Janáček. Jobine does not limit herself to the modern classical genre but also regularly performs in ensembles on baroque cello.
She attended the Young Talent Class at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague from the age of 12, where she studied with Lucia Swarts and Dmitri Ferschtman. In 2013 Jobine studied for one year with Harro Ruijsenaars in the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. She has also received lessons from Gary Hoffman, Johannes Goritzki, Frans Helmerson, Torleif Thedeen, Raphael Wallfisch and Anner Bylsma. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw invited her to have a masterclass with Jean-Guihen Queyras. She has also participated in the Amsterdam Cellobiennale masterclasses, Holland Music Sessions, the Kronberg Academy cello masterclasses and Ticino Musica Festival. She is sponsored by the Hendrik Muller Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Jobine plays a Lefèbvre cello from the 18th century that she generously has on loan from the National Instrument Foundation.
14th-20th of October
European Young Soloists Festival, Caracas, Venezuela
El Sistema Orchestra Schumann cello concerto and Boccherini sonata
10th of November, 13:00
The Egyptian Cultural Festival, Chelsea Sorting Office, London
Chloé Trio and Hayat Selim
10th of November, 17:45
Kings Place, foyer, London
Pre-concert performance works by Bach and Ligeti
20th of November, 10:15-12:15
Music Talks Kensington
Alkyona Quartet Janacek’s Intimate Letters
21st of November, 18:00-21:00
Hampstead Arts Festival, Rosslyn Hill Chapel
Masterclass with Steven Isserlis
22nd of November, 13:00
St. Barnabas Church, London
Alkyona Quartet works by Bach, Haydn and Ravel
29th of November, 13:05
St. John’s Smith Square, London
Alkyona Quartet, Karl Lutchmayer Busoni piano concerto
4th of December, 13:00
St. James’ Picadilly, London
Alkyona Quartet works by Bach, Purcell and Maconchy
5th of December, 13:00
Foundling Museum, London
Alkyona Quartet works by Bach, Purcell and Weinberg
5th of December, 19:30
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
With Charlottte Gulikers, Jonatan Bought Boccherini sonata
8th of December, 17:00 and 19:30
Inner Parry Room, Royal College of Music
Alkyona Quartet and other RCM musicians ‘Weinberg at 100’
26th of January, 14:00
Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde (NL)
Volkmann Trio works by Shostakovich, Frid and Babadjanian
Teaching & Outreach
Besides performing Jobine also has an interest in teaching and music education.
She has an extensive work experience with the Sparks program of the Royal College of Music and has been teaching one to one and group lessons for a number of years now. She succesfully completed the L6/ L7 Instrumental Teaching modules as part of her Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at the RCM. Below is a snippet from one of her statements, describing her principles and ambitions as an educator.
“ I aim for a of way of instrumental teaching that will give the pupil a package of knowledge and skills that are transferable to other areas of school and, in essence, life. A part, and practical side of that philosophy will be to include Alexander Technique in my lessons.
The psychological side of AT is interesting for instrumental teaching since it is based on non judgemental observations. Instead of telling the pupils what isn’t right or correcting notes/bowings/fingerings we focus on exploring more creative and subjective aspects of music. This approach can avoid a timidity in pupils and encourages creative problem solving.”
She has private students and she currently teaches in the ECCO program ( Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra) of Musiko Musika in the Lyric in Hammersmith. LINK!
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The musicians of the Volkmann trio (Valentina Tóth, piano, Coraline Groen, violin, and Jobine Siekman, cello) have shared their passion for both the famous and the lesser known piano trio repertoire since 2013. They met at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The trio received master classes from e.g. David Dolan, Ellen Corver, Vera Beths, Michel Strauss, Richard Lester, Peter Brunt and David Kuyken. They won the Chamber Music Prize from the Royal Conservatoire in 2015. In the same year, they were invited by the Dutch embassy in Lithuania to play a concert in the National Philharmonic hall in Vilnius, and in 2016 they played for the Dutch embassy in Brussels. Last October they debuted in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The Volkmann trio named themselves after Robert Volkmann (1815-1883), one of the more unknown composers the trio likes to stand up for.
The Alkyona Quartet (Emma Purslow, Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, Henrietta Hill and Jobine Siekman) formed in October 2017, as a collaboration between Fellows, graduates and current students of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the short time they have been together, they have performed at the invitation of Billericay Arts Association, Music Talks Kensington, NW Live, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. As a quartet they love approaching well-known quartet repertoire and finding more unusual ways to present it. They especially enjoy cross-collaborative projects, including working with film makers; Indian Tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE; actress Saskia Reeves; composer Caroline Heslop and video-game composers. They are working on an innovative collaboration with ballet choreographer Richard Bermange on a film of Janacek’s ‘Intimate Letters’. The quartet have studied with Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Rafael Todes, Catherine Manson, James Boyd and Mark Messenger. The members have individually performed at festivals including Santander, Lake District Summer Music International Festival, the Roman River Festival, the East Neuk Festival and the Stift International Festival in Holland, and have won prizes including the Britten Intercollegiate Quartet Prize, the RCM Violin Competition and the Ginette Neuveu Competition. Future quartet engagements include Matlock Music Society and a concert exploring ‘Music and Mind’ with NW Live.
The Stringwood Ensemble was formed in 2010 and is formed of six young musicians, graduates from the most prestigious conservatoires of Europe. They studied in The Hague, Maastricht, Düsseldorf, Freiburg, London and Brussels. The ensemble connects all its members soloistic virtuosity into passionate ensemble playing. They look forward to hosting their first festival in October 2019 in Rijnsburg.
The Chloé Trio
The Chloé Piano Trio (Maria Gîlicel, Jobine Siekman, George Todica) was formed by talented emerging musicians at the Royal College of Music, London in 2017. The trio has performed across the UK and in France, including London venues and Champs Hill Concert Hall in Sussex. In April 2018 Daphnis trio was nominated by the RCM for the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition and won the Third Prize. The repertoire of the trio ranges from Baroque and Classical periods to the modern and newly commissioned music. The ensemble has received tuition from such high profile musicians as Mark Messenger, Simon Lepper, Suzie Meszaros, Leonid Kerbel, Ben Hancox and others.
As part of my Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music I’m organising a project called the ‘Weinberg at 100 concert day’. There will be two concerts curated by me, at 5pm and at 7.30 pm in the Inner Parry Room at RCM on the 8th of December 2019....
Last October I travelled to Caracas in Venezuela to perform in the European Young Soloists Festival. I was there on invitation of the Dutch Embassy together with musicians from France, Italy, Spain and the UK. My main performance was the concert in the Simon Bolivar...
I'm delighted to announce that I've won the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship 2019/2020 at the Royal College of Music. After an application, pre-selection and interview I was selected to fulfill this role at the RCM for the next academic year. I...
This December the first CD 'French Music for String Orchestra' of the Ciconia Consort was released by Brilliant Classic. Last June I played with this ensemble for the recordings and the result is this incredible CD. It has already received some...
In the past weeks my duo concerts with Sergey Arseniev have been published in several news papers in the Netherlands. It was so much fun to find al these beautiful articles for the concerts in Voorburg and Eelde. We couldn't have done all this...
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