Sigiswald Kuijken

Category:muzikant, dirigent, solist
Genre(s):barok, classicisme, romantiek
Instrument(s):barokviool, viool
Actual/previous member of:Kuijken Kwartet, La Petite Bande


Sigiswald Kuijken founded the orchestra La Petite Bande in 1972. In this pioneering ensemble he introduced the use of period instruments, and concurrently the 17th- and 18th-century playing techniques that he and his brothers had acquired outside their conventional conservatory training. The first performances of La Petite Bande unleashed a veritable revolution. Ever since, Sigiswald Kuijken has been travelling around the world with his orchestra and has been realizing recordings at the cutting edge with music by Lully, Rameau, Händel, von Gluck, Haydn and Mozart. He was also guest conductor with several other orchestras, among them The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. For quite a few years already Sigiswald Kuijken integrates, on the basis of thorough research, important new insights into the interpretation of the (sacred) music of J.S.  Bach. This means that he refrained from using a choir, relying instead on a vocal quartet of soloists (sometimes expanded to eight singers, as Bach used to do), an equally slender instrumental cast and scrupulous attention to the right declamation of the text. The result is being recorded by the label Accent in a CD series in 17 instalments featuring the Bach cantatas. In 2007 Sigiswald Kuijken received an honorary doctorate of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Prize for General Cultural Merits of the Flemish Community.

Selective discography

Remeau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte & Aricie (suite d'orchestre)Remeau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte & Aricie (suite d'orchestre) (2002)
early music
La Petite Bande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sigiswald Kuijken
Friedrich SchneiderFriedrich Schneider (2002)
Hiro Kurosaki, Cappella Coloniensis, Sigiswald Kuijken
Haydn JosephHaydn Joseph (2000)
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken
Debussy Claude - La musique de chambreDebussy Claude - La musique de chambre (2000)
20th century
Sigiswald Kuijken, Veronica Kuijken, Sara Kuijken, Piet Kuijken, Sophie Hallynck, Wieland Kuijken, Barthold Kuijken, Claude Debussy (...)
Les Maisons de PlaisanceLes Maisons de Plaisance (1999)
Wieland Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Christoph Schaffrath, anoniem, Johannes Schenk
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons / Concertos for Oboe & StringsVivaldi - The Four Seasons / Concertos for Oboe & Strings (1998)
La Petite Bande, Antonio Vivaldi, Sigiswald Kuijken, Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw, Frans Brüggen
Telemann Georg Philipp - Paris Quartets 1-12Telemann Georg Philipp - Paris Quartets 1-12 (1997)
Barthold Kuijken, Georg Philipp Telemann, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - 25 years of innovationLa Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - 25 years of innovation (1997)
Baroque, classicism
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Greta De Reyghere, Katelijne Van Laethem, Martin Van Der Zeijst (...)
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don GiovanniMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don Giovanni (1997)
Werner van Mechelen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nanco De Vries (...)
Joseph Haydn. London Symphonies 103 & 104Joseph Haydn. London Symphonies 103 & 104 (1997)
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken

Author of

Sigiswald Kuijken - La gratitude
Sigiswald Kuijken - La gratitude
Musica Antiqua RevisitedMusica Antiqua Revisited (2010)
oude muziek
Björn Schmelzer, Sigiswald Kuijken
Op de JakobswegOp de Jakobsweg (2007)
Sigiswald Kuijken, Marleen Thiers

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Heinrich Schütz - Resurrection of ChristHeinrich Schütz - Resurrection of Christ (2019)
La Petite Bande, Heinrich Schütz, Sigiswald Kuijken
van Beethoven Ludwig - Strijkkwartetten op. 59 en Strijkkwintet op. 29van Beethoven Ludwig - Strijkkwartetten op. 59 en Strijkkwintet op. 29 (2011)
Kuijken Kwartet, Marleen Thiers
A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
romanticism, early music, Baroque
Diverse uitvoerders
Bach Johann Sebastian - Das Musikalisches OpferBach Johann Sebastian - Das Musikalisches Opfer (2006)
Kuijken Kwartet, Johann Sebastian Bach
German Church Cantatas and AriasGerman Church Cantatas and Arias (1992)
René Jacobs, Het Kuijken Consort, Het Parnassus Ensemble
German Church Cantatas and AriasGerman Church Cantatas and Arias (1979)
René Jacobs, Het Kuijken Consort, Dietrich Buxtehude, Het Parnassus Ensemble, Johann Christian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann
De Vlaamse Barok ten tijde van RubensDe Vlaamse Barok ten tijde van Rubens (1967)
Baroque, early music
Philippus Van Wichel, Alarius Ensemble, Vocaal kwartet van Brussel, Nicolaus a Kempis, Carolus Hacquart, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Pierre De la Rue, Antoine Brumel (...)

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Press Clips:
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Haydn - Die Tageszeiten (03.2013)
Bach - Wie Schön Leuchtet Der Morgenstern (08.2008)
Notable cantatas from Herreweghe and Kuijken, the latter often revelatory (08.2008)
Haydn - Harpsichord concertos in F and G. Divertimento in F. (06.2008)
Old Europe resounds in the French countryside (10.2007)
Sigiswald Kuijken (05.2005)
Kuijken and La Petite Bande (01.2004)
Documents:Musica Antiqua Revisited (brochure)
La Petite Bande (book)