Wieland Kuijken (°1938) studied cello in Bruges and attended the Brussels Conservatory. There, as a student, he played with the contemporary ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. Simultaneously, he learned to play the viola da gamba through self-education. From 1959 until 1972 he performed with the Alarius Ensemble, devoted to French baroque music. Soon thereafter, Wieland performed stylistically accurate concerts with his brothers Sigiswald on violin and Barthold on flute.
Kuijken, specialising in the viola da gamba, has performed and recorded an extensive repertoire as both a continuo player and as a soloist, encompassing composers as late as Mozart and Boccherini. He has taught at conservatories in Flanders and the Netherlands and has been a featured performer at early music festivals in Belgium and abroad. In addition to performing with his brothers, notable collaborators included Alfred Deller, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall and Gustav Leonhardt.