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. For the 2019-2020 academic year she has been awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship supported by the Royal College of Music in London. Previously she completed a Bachelor degree there with first class Honours with professor Melissa Phelps and last July she obtained a Masters of Performance diploma with professor Richard Lester. BBC 3 broadcasted her performance of Webern’s 2 pieces for cello and piano in 2018. Jobine was awarded second prize in the Young Music Talent of the Year Competition (2011) and the Anna Shuttleworth Prize in the RCM cello competition (2016). In 2017 she played the second Bach Suite at Wigmore Hall as part of the RCM String Showcase concert. Last October she appeared as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in the cello concerto of Schumann under baton of Jesus Uzcategui. Previously she has also performed the Shostakovich, Haydn, Saint-Saëns cello concertos.
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 in 2020, 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. Jobine plays a Lefèbvre cello from the 18th century that she generously has on loan from the National Instrument Foundation.