Jobine Siekman



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.


24th of January, 19:00

Leighton House Museum, London

Alkyona Quartet- Works by Haydn, Ravel and Bartok

26th of January, 14:00

Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde (NL)

Volkmann Trio  works by Shostakovich, Frid and Babadjanian


30th of January, 14:30

Ambleside Parish Centre, Lake District, UK

Alkyona Quartet- Works by Haydn, Ravel and Bartok

31st of January

Kirkbie Kendal School, Lake District, UK

Alkyona Quartet- ‘FridayLive’ educational concert

1st of February, 19:00

Holy Trinity Church, Bramley

Chloé Trio – ‘Rising Stars Concert’ works by Boulanger, Clara Schumann and Beethoven

4th of February, 13:00

St. Martin in the Fields, London

Alkyona Quartet – works by Bach and Bartok

7th of February, 20:15

Het Jagthuis Kamermuziek, NL

Volkmann Trio – works by Shostakovich, Frid and Babadjanian

9th of February, 15:00

Dorpskerk Bloemendaal, NL

Volkmann Trio – works by Shostakovich, Frid and Babadjanian

13th of February, 11:00

Recital Hall, Royal College of Music, London

Mills Williams Junior Fellow – presentation of Body language in Chamber Music Scheme 19/20

15th of February, 19:30

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London

RCM chamber ensemble-  Ives, Wagner and Debussy from Memory

16th of February, 11:00

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London

Chloé Trio – works by Beethoven and Boulanger

23rd of February, 14:30

Cultureel Centrum Zuidhorn, NL

Volkmann Trio – works by Shostakovich, Frid and Babadjanian

27th-29th of February, 4 concerts

Openhof Kerk, Katwijk

StringWood Ensemble – StringWood Festival 2020, concerts: Bye Bye Britain, family concert ‘Een pittig Soepje’, Appeltaart met Bachroom and Muziek en Woorden

12th (7.30pm) and 13th (3.30pm) of March

Royal Northern College of Music

Alkyona Quartet – ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) Ravel string quartet

20th of March, 19:45 CANCELLED

NW Live at The Atrium, Kentish Town Health Centre

Alkyona Quartet- ‘Music and Renewal’

23rd of March, 19:30 CANCELLED

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music

Mills Wiliiams Junior Fellow- music for cello piccolo: Bach and new works by RCM composers

2nd and 3rd of April, 20:00 CANCELLED

St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds (2nd) and St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge (3rd)

Guest artist for the Gesualdo Six- Pärt’s St John Passion 

16th of April, 20:15 CANCELLED

Lutherse Kerk, Groningen, NL

Solo recital – Bach and other works for cello piccolo

26th of April, 11:00 and 13:00 CANCELLED

Leighton House Museum, London

Alkyona Quartet – Musical museum tour

27th of April, 19:30 CANCELLED

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

Alkyona Quartet – Musical museum tour

1st of May, 20:15 CANCELLED

Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, NL

Ciconia Consort- ‘American Pioneers, 400 jaar Pilgrim Fathers’

3rd of May, 15:00 CANCELLED

De Harmonie – Accent zaal, Leeuwarden, NL

Ciconia Consort- ‘American Pioneers, 400 jaar Pilgrim Fathers’

9th of May, 16:00 CANCELLED

Museum Swaensteyn, Voorburg, NL

Chamber music with Valentina Tóth and Julia Bronkhorst – works by Beethoven, Rontgen, Brahms and Schumann

10th of May, 14:00 CANCELLED

Vrijzinnig Centrum de Hoeksteen, Voorburg, NL

Chamber music with Sergey Arseniev and Julia Bronkhorst

11th of May, 19:30 CANCELLED

Royal College of Music, London

Alkyona Quartet – Bartok 5 as part of ‘Bartok Essentials series’

13th of May, 13:00

St. James’ Piccadilly Church, London

Lunchtime recital with Matt Lam – Rachmaninov and Piazzolla

21st of May, 12:45 CANCELLED

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aylesbury

Alkyona Quartet

Teaching & Outreach

Besides performing Jobine also has an interest in teaching and music education.

Would you like to learn to play the cello?

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. Find out more here.

“Jobine is an inspirational teacher; talented, insightful and articulate. She has both a profound understanding of music, and the cello in particular, and is able to convey this effectively with a teaching style that is always student-focussed and easy to comprehend, while never being condescending or difficult to understand.” – student Pete Fozard

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Volkmann Trio

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.

Alkyona Quartet

The vibrant Alkyona Quartet is committed to bringing both well-loved and hidden gems of the string quartet repertoire to audiences, often in unusual presentations.

The quartet formed in London in January 2018, 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 extensively in and around London at the invitation of Billericay Arts Association, Music Talks Kensington; NW Live; The Foundling Museum; St James’s Church Piccadilly; Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They are enjoying performing internationally, including recently at the Stift International Music Festival, Holland and in France. They look forward to returning to Holland for a tour in Autumn 2020.

The quartet were first prize winners of the 2019 Royal College of Music String Quartet Competition and are 2019 Tunnell Trust Award Holders. They are pleased to announce a tour of Scotland in November 2020 organised by the Tunnell Trust. As a quartet they love approaching well-known quartet repertoire and finding more unusual ways to present it to audiences. They especially enjoy cross-collaborative projects, working with film makers, Indian Tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE, actress Saskia Reeves, composer Caroline Heslop and actor William Marquez. The quartet have studied with Richard Lester, Marc Danel, Ben Hancox, Rafael Todes, Catherine Manson, James Boyd and Mark Messenger.

Future quartet engagements include concerts at St Martin-in-the-fields, Lichfield Festival and a concert exploring ‘Music and Renewal’ with NW Live. In 2020 they look forward to releasing their first CD featuring Janacek’s ‘Intimate Letters’ and from January 2020 they are launching a residency in collaboration with the Leighton House Museum, London. They will be bringing events, concerts and workshops to this wonderful space. Also from 2020, the quartet is looking forward to starting mentorship with the European Chamber Music Academy and with NSKA with the Quator Danel in Holland.

Stringwood Ensemble

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.



List of repertoire, update 2020

List of repertoire, update 2020

Jobine Siekman – cello repertoire, update 2020 CONCERTOS – solo with orchestra D. Shostakovich                        Concerto no. 1 in E flat major, op. 107 R. Schumann                             Concerto in a minor, op. 129 J. Haydn                       ...

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