Christoph Sietzen is one of the outstanding percussionists of his generation. Acclaimed by the press as a “rare talent” and praised for his “refreshing musical naturalness, technical mastery and dazzling feeling as well as ... powerful stage presence,” he was a prize winner at, among others, the International ARD Music Competition in Munich, named a Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organisation and will perform at the most important concert halls in Europe during the 2017/2018 season. After making his debut at the Salzburg Festival as a twelve-year-old, Christoph Sietzen already began to teach at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna when only 22.
"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!