Previous Updates

November, 2012

On october 28 I performed Chopin's Polonaise and Etude op. 25/7, and Franchomme's Fantasie sur le Chant d'Adieux with Juan Zurutusa, Ragazze Quartet and Ying Lai Green at the Cello Biënnale. The concert was recorded by Radio4 and can be heard free of charge until January 2013 on this website. I also added Greensleeves to the listening section, recorded last summer with Li Wang. Enjoy!

October, 2012

Added some updates to the concert schedule below. Very excited to play Sallinen concerto and to share a recital with Natalia Gutman at the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. Other newly added performances include a performance in the series "Tracks" in the Concertgebouw with Rossanne van Sandwijk and Saint-Saëns' cello concerto with the Delft Symphony Orchestra.

March, 2012

I uploaded 3 new tracks to the listen section: Piazzolla's Grand Tango, Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody and the Allemande from Bach's 6th suite. The pianist is Li Wang. Enjoy listening!

December, 2011

Our new cd is finally available! Read more about the release in the previous update. We are looking at a way to make the cd more easily available online, but for now, if you are interested, you can leave a message through this form . Listen to my transcription of Rachmaninov's "Zdes' Khorosho", which features on the cd here.

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I have also made available two videos, recorded at this year's Dutch Classical Music Meeting in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. I'm playing Beethoven op. 69 and Escher's sonata for cello solo!

August, 2011 - Recording

This summer Yun-Yang Lee and I had the pleasure to make a special recording. This project was a cooperation proposed by a friend and supporter of the arts. Stepping away from the usual digital, heavily edited and crystal clear recordings, we instead opted to use an analog tape recording machine, with its warmer, more textured timbre. Furthermore, we recorded each movement in one single take. This approach presented its own challenges, but the final result is very satisfying. The recordings will be available through this website shortly!

News: October 28, 2010

Sietse-Jan has been appointed principal cellist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. He will take up this chair from january 1st 2011.

News: June, 2011 - Djibouti

With excitement I announce 3 concerts that I will give in the Republic of Djibouti, on June 12, 13 and 14. Contact the Institut Français de Djibouti if you want to know more about the concerts. Hope to see you there!

News: April, 2011 - Guarneri on loan

I am thrilled and honored to announce that I have received the "Ex-Starker" Joseph Guarneri (1707) cello on generous loan from an anonymous patron. You can listen to what it sounds like here. The instrument has been completely refitted recently, and it is a joy to witness it coming back to life.

News: September 7, 2010

Sietse-Jan has been invited by the NSO as their soloist for 2011. He will be playing the Elgar concerto during an extensive tour around The Netherlands, with a final performance in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A detailed schedule of the concerts, which will take place in February 2011, is posted below.

News - November 26, 2009

Sietse-Jan has been selected by the Vriendenkrans/Het Debuut competition to give a series of recitals in a dozen of the Netherlands' biggest concert halls. The final recital will take place in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and will be broadcast live on Radio4, on May 9th, 2011. In addition to that he won a scholarship and a recording session.

News - November 12, 2009

Sietse-Jan won 4th prize at the 2009 Rostropovich Competition. After two weeks of preliminary rounds, he emerged as one of four finalists out of 65 cellists who came to compete in Paris. In the finals, he performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations at Salle Pleyel, with the Orchestre de Paris.

News - 03.08.2009

June 16, Sietse-Jan graduated with the highest distinction "Premier prix a l'unanimité avec félicitations du Jury" from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. In July, Sietse-Jan was selected to become beneficiary of the Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire, from which he will receive a stipend for the 3 coming years. The money will be used to deepen knowledge and experience of music by studies, masterclasses, festivals, competitions and concerts.

This summer Sietse-Jan spent 9 weeks at the Aspen Music festival, playing symphonic concerts and recitals while studying with Richard Aaron, Eric Kim, Andrew Shulman and William Grubb. After that, he spent ten days at the Giverny Chamber Music Festival to play 7 chamber music concerts.

News - 30.04.2009

Once more, Trio Demian (Nozomi Matsumoto, Mi-Sa Yang and Sietse-Jan Weijenberg) was finalist of an international chambermusic competition. On sunday, april 26th, they won the 2nd prize of the Charles Hennen competition. Listen to a radio4 (Dutch classical radio) here, with an emission on 'young talent'. You can hear Trio Demain playing the first trio in d minor by Schumann about 3/4's into the emission.

Duo Weijenberg/Lee (cello/piano) integrated foundation Inspiration(s), which has as goal to make classical music accessible to everybody. The foundation organises concerts in unusual venues like schools, prisons, factories, etc. Last tuesday, Weijenberg and Lee had the honour to share a promotional concert for the foundation with Ivry Gitlis, honorary president.

News - 29.03.2009

Trio Demian (Nozomi Matsumoto, Mi-Sa Yang and Sietse-Jan Weijenberg) won 1st prize of the pianotrio branch of the Maria Canals international competition. You can find some pictures of the competition here. Later on, in the tv section of the website you'll be able to watch the video recording of the final round.

The trio will be preparing another competition by the end of April, more information will follow.

Finally, a recording of Davidoff's 'Am Springbrunnen' has been added to the listen section, recorded recently with pianist Yun Yang Lee. Enjoy! There is more to come...