Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman is currently finishing her Masters of Performance degree at The Royal College of Music as Irene Hanson Scholar supported by RCM.
Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman 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 September 2013 she started her Bachelor music studies in The Hague Royal Conservatory and she did an exchange to the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, where she studied with Harro Ruijsenaars. 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 Irene Hanson Scholar supported by The Royal College of Music for her Masters of Performance degree. In 2016 Jobine won the third prize in the finals of the National Cello Competition of Cellobiennale Amsterdam. Prior to that she was awarded second prize in the National Competition of the foundation Young Music Talent of the Year (2011) and the Anna Shutlleworth Prize in the RCM cello competition (2016). Last July she played the second Bach Suite in Wigmore Hall as part of the RCM String Showcase 2017 concert. On numerous occasions she has been on Radio West in live broadcasts from the Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague, as soloist in works by Bach and Haydn, and in various chamber music ensembles. With her string quartet Jobine performed in ‘Vrije geluiden’ on Dutch national television in 2008. 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 which she performs regularly in the UK and the Netherlands.
She joined the Volkmann Piano trio in 2016 and recently they played concerts for the Supreme Court and in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Jobine also plays with the Alkyona Quartet, the Daphnis Trio and the Stringwood Ensemble. 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.
Jobine received lessons from Gary Hoffman, Johannes Goritzki, Frans Helmerson, Torleif Thedeen, Raphael Wallfisch and Anner Bylsma and Henrik Brendstrup. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw invited her to have a masterclass with Jean-Guihen Queyras. At the Amsterdam Cellobiennale 2010 she took part in a masterclass by Valter Dešpalj and in 2012 with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi . In 2011 she was invited to join the International Cello Festival of Winnipeg, Canada. She has also participated in the Holland Music Sessions, Musica Mundi Festival, the Kronberg Academy cello masterclasses, Apeldoorn International masterclass, Astona masterclasses, Voksenåsen masterclasses and Ticino Musica Festival.
Jobine is a Irene Hanson Scholar supported by The Royal College of Music. She plays a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800, provided by National Musical Instruments Foundation NMF. She is also sponsored by the Hendrik Muller Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
3rd of February, 10:00
St. Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Quartet public audition performance, works by Beethoven and Britten
11th of February, 19:30
Recital Hall, Royal College of Music
Chloe Trio, ‘Essential Haydn’ concert
13th of February, 12:00
The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace
RCM historical performance, lunch time concert
14th of February, 13.05
West Parry Room, Royal College of Music, London
RCM ensemble, Mozart Clarinet Quintet
15th of February, 13:00
Charlton House, London
Daphnis Trio, works by Mozart, Boulanger and Clara Schumann
26th of February, 13.05
Inner Parry Room, Royal College of Music
Volkmann Trio, Mozart piano trio KV502
1st of March, 13.05
St. Mary Abbots Church, Kensington
Chloe Trio, Clara Schumann piano trio
6th of March, 10:00
Music Talks Kensington
Alkyona Quartet, Shostakovich string quartet no. 8
18th of March, 13.05
Austrian Forum, London
Chloe Trio, piece by Lili Boulanger
22nd of March, 19:30
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
RCM Symphony Orchestra, Mozart and Dvorak with Thomas Zehetmair
24th of March, 14:15
Volkmann Trio, Houseconcert with works by Ravel and Mozart
30th of March, 20:15
Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Volkmann Trio, Rembrandt program
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.
Heksensoep is music theater for children made by the Stringwood Ensemble. Go to “Heksensoep’ on the dutch website for more info.
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