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la_petite_bande_-_sigiswald_kuijken_0580_by_georg_thum

The Belgian violinist Sigiswald Kuijken, born in 1944, began his studies in Bruges before graduating from the Brussels Conservatory as a student of Maurice Raskin. Together with his brother, Wieland, he quickly became acquainted with early music and 17th-18th century performance techniques. As a result, in 1969 he changed his playing style to a more authentic one, placing the violin not under his chin but lying it freely on his shoulder. Between 1964 and 1972 Sigiswald Kuijken was a member of the Alarius Ensemble along with his brother Wieland, Robert Kohnen and Janine Rubinlicht. He then went on to found the baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, with which he has successfully toured Europe, Australia, South America, China and Japan, making numerous recordings for major publishers. In 1986, again with his brother, François Fernandez and Marleen Thiers, he founded the Kuijken String Quartet, with which he mostly plays the classicist string quartet and quintet repertoire, with Ryo Terakado as first violinist. He taught baroque violin at the Hague Royal Conservatory from 1971 to 1996, and at the Brussels Royal Conservatory between 1993 and 2009.