He has performed with orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radiosinfonieorchester Wien, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, WDR Funkhaus Orchestra Cologne, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Romanian National Symphony Orchestra and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and has shared the stage with conductors such as Howard Griffiths, Alondra de la Parra, Ilan Volkov Frank Strobel, Alexander Liebreich and Cristian Mandeal, musicians such as Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen and Peter Sadlo as well as with the Oscar-winning actor Karl Markovics and multi-instrumentalist Hubert von Goisern.
Composers who have written works for Christoph Sietzen include Stewart Copeland, formerly of rock band “The Police”, Emmanuel Séjourné, Ivan Boumanns, Jakob Gruchmann, Alexander Mullenbach, Christoph Ehrenfellner, Michael Frankenberger, Ingo Ingensand and Alexander Wagendristel.
Christoph Sietzen’s first solo album was released in 2017, taking its name from a work composed for Sietzen by Emmanuel Séjourné: “Attraction”. It also features music by Bruce Hamilton, Arvo Pärt, John Psathas, Andrew Thomas and Iannis Xenakis. After his “Incantations“ album featuring the percussion concerti by Avner Dorman and Einojuhani Rautaavara, his recent album “Silence“ was released on Sony Classical in 2019 with Bogdan Bacanu, Clemens Hagen and the Academy of Ancient Music as guests. All three albums were awarded with a Pizzicato “Supersonic“ and further awards.
Additionally, Christoph can be heard on a number of recordings as a member of The Wave Quartet.
Christoph Sietzen, a citizen of Luxembourg, was born in Salzburg. He started learning percussion at the age of six, taking lessons from Martin Grubinger, Sr., and later attended the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, where his teachers were Bogdan Bacanu, Leonhard Schmidinger and Josef Gumpinger. He also studied double bass and harpsichord, taking a special interest in baroque repertoire. From 2014-2019 he has held a teaching position at Vienna’s University for Music and the Performing Arts.
Christoph Sietzen plays exclusively on Adams marimbas.