Named a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/18 season, percussionist Christoph Sietzen has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent – a refreshingly natural musician notable for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence. He was a prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014, and received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award for his first solo CD, released by GENUIN classics in 2017 and taking its name from a work composed for Sietzen by Emmanuel Séjourné: “Attraction”. Pizzicato magazine described it as “a stupendous solo performance in every respect”. Christoph Sietzen, a citizen of Luxembourg, was born in Salzburg, where he made his performing debut at the age of 12 at the Salzburg Festival. (...) Since 2014 he has held a teaching post at Vienna’s University for Music and the Performing Arts.
"Awesome technique, unrelenting intensity, tremendous power, breath-taking speed, idiosyncratic presence and a profound musicality would be some of the superlatives needed to describe the talent of the Luxembourgish-Austrian percussionist Christoph Sietzen." - Pizzicato Magazine
Video to Christophs new album: We challenge anyone to listen to five minutes of Christoph Sietzen’s new GENUIN release without twitching their toes, tapping along with their fingers, and being seized with the irresistible urge to get up and start dancing. The prizewinner of the 2014 ARD Music Competition takes us on a trip through the percussion worlds of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that 70s groupies would have taken large quantities of drugs in order to emulate. Sietzen dazzles us with his sheer precision, seemingly endless range of tonal colors, and musical drive. From Arvo Pärt to Iannis Xenakis, from Emmanuel Séjourné to Bruce Hamilton – expanded consciousness guaranteed!