BIO

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Saskia grew up in Bussum, the Netherlands, in a musically diverse environment. As a child, Saskia played many different music instruments, including the recorder, flute, trumpet, and the electric and acoustic guitar. At the age of twelve, while taking part in a music competition with her flute, she saw a cello for the first time. This turned out to be a memorable moment for Saskia, and she decided to start playing cello at the age of fifteen.

After three years of cello lessons at the Gooische Muziekschool, Saskia started her study at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. Two preparational years led to a bachelor study (with Paul Uyterlinde) with a minor in Baroque basso continuo.

During her studies, Saskia followed masterclasses with Daniël Müller-Schott and Shmuel Magen in Jeruzalem. Together with Elianne Anemaat, she was also a founding member of cello rock band Sundqvist (2004-2007). They composed music for cello and drums and performed in 2006 as a support act for the renowned symphonic metal band After Forever (Floor Jansen).

Saskia also played bass guitar and the Persian kamancheh for a while, although cello remained her primary instrument. Eventually, Saskia earned her Master of Music Cello degree, having studied with Paul Uyterlinde and Dmitry Ferschtman.

After her graduation, Saskia settled down in Amsterdam as a freelance performer and teacher. From 2022 Saskia is based in Bussum. She works with various ensembles, choirs and solists (led by Jan Quintus Zwart, Martin Zonnenberg), as well as with producer and singer Guflux. Saskia is a regular studio performer and has played concert series on cruise ships with string quartet and pianotrio.

As a cello teacher, Saskia developed her skills during and after her studies with a minor in didactics, taught private students, and worked as a substitute teacher at various music schools. After achieving her Masters degree, Saskia started teaching cello to groups in primary and secondary education at the Leerorkest. Saskia provides private lessons through her private practice in Bussum and at Globe Centrum voor Kunst en Cultuur in Hilversum and Weesp, and works as a location manager at Leerorkest Amsterdam.

Cello Lessons

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