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Joel Siepmann


Joel Siepmann was born in Tübingen, Germany, where he started playing the cello at the age of 6.

From 2011 until 2015 he studied at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen with professor Christoph Richter and completed his Bachelor degree with distinction. In 2016 he started his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Guy Johnston as his teacher generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service. He completed the degree in 2018 with distinction and was awarded the Queens award for Excellence for best all-round studentship.

Joel was principal cellist of the academy string Soloists and took part in the LSO string experience scheme playing under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Francois-Xavier Roth.

Through his career he has performed with various orchestras and ensembles in the great concert halls of London, Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Further coachings and lessons with Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, Jerome Pernoo, Colin Carr and Steven Isserlis were very important for his musical development.

With his piano trio Trio Opal he recently won the intercollegiate piano trio competition 2018 in Birmingham and will perform with his trio at the International Piano Chamber Music Competition in Birmingham in November this year.

Joel plays on a cello by G.E. Degani (1906) generously on loan to him by the Royal Academy of Music.