Sigiswald Kuijken (°1944) studied violin at the conservatories of Bruges and Brussels, completing his studies with Maurice Raskin in 1964. Through self-education he gained a thorough knowledge of specific 17th- and 18th-century performance techniques and conventions of interpretation on violin and viola da gamba, in 1969 leading to a more authentic way of playing, whereby the instrument lay freely on the shoulder.
After having been a member of the Alarius Ensemble and having undertaken individual chamber music projects, he founded the baroque orchestra La Petite Bande in 1972, which has since been touring in Europe, Australia, Latin America, China and Japan. In 1986, he founded the Kuijken String Quartet, specialising in the quartets and quintets of the Classical period. Since 1998, Kuijken occasionally performs string quartets of later periods – Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert – with his brother Wieland and three daughters Veronica, Sara and Marie, with whom he made several recordings.