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.
In 2017 she finished her Bachelor degree with first class Honours with professor Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music, London. Currently she continues to study there with professor Richard Lester as the Irene Hanson Scholar supported by the Royal College of Music for her Masters of Performance degree. BBC 3 broadcasted her performance of Webern’s 2 pieces for cello and piano in 2018. Jobine was awarded second prize in the National Competition of the foundation Young Music Talent of the Year (2011) and the Anna Shuttleworth Prize in the RCM cello competition (2016). In 2017 she played the second Bach Suite iatWigmore Hall as part of the RCM String Showcase concert. She has performed the Shostakovich, Haydn, Saint-Saëns cello concertos and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei as a soloist with orchestra.
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 later this year, 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.
25th of April, 19:30
Book shop Caravanserail, Shoreditch High Street
Unheard Concerts, music by Foster and Potter
7th of May, 13:00
All Saints’ Parish Church, Banstead, Surrey
Chloé Trio at Banstead Arts Festival, music by W.A. Mozart, Clara Schumann and Lili Boulanger
12th of May, 11:00 and 15:00
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London
Super String Sunday, works by Bartok, CPE Bach and Villa-Lobos, also broadcasted on live stream through website
18th of May, 19:00
St Mary & St Eanswythe’s Church, Folkestone
RCM ensemble, Sacconi Festival
25h of May, 11:00
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Alkyona Quartet, works by Elgar and Borodin
3rd of June, 19:15
Sir John Soane’s Museum London
Alkyona Quartet, music inspired by the Museum’s collection
10th of June, 16:50
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
Final Masters Recital, works by C.P.E. Bach, J. Röntgen, G. Ligeti. With pianist Craig White and other RCM musicians
14th of June, 20:00
De Vereeniging, Nijmegen
Ibert Cello Concerto, with Nijmeegs BlazersEnsemble
21st of June, 18.30
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Solo Recital, music by L. van Beethoven, J. Röntgen and G. Ligeti
2nd of July, 19:30
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
RCM Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Gourlay
9th of July, 14:15
St. Stephen Walbrook, London
Alkyona Quartet, lunch time concert
11th of July, 12:00
Wade street Church, Lichfield
Chloé Trio at the Lichfield Festival
7th of August, 20:30
Nicholaaskerk, Oost-Vlieland, the Netherlands
Volkmann Trio, Concert bij kaarslicht
10th of August, 15:00
Lebuinuskerk, Deventer, the Netherlands
17th of August
Quimantu, at El Sueno Existe Festival
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.
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