Germaine Sijstermans is a musician with a passion for the contemporary repertoire. She is constantly cooperating with composers and performers, developing music and performances.
Over the years Sijstermans has been enjoying playing pieces written for her. Aside from playing and performing she also enjoys composing for others. In her works silence, use of space, physicality and presence in synthesis with playing an instrument often play an important role.
Among Sijstermans’s repertoire as a clarinettist are many works by composers connected to Wandelweiser (record label and publishing) alongside music theatre works and virtuosic 20th century pieces. She has performed in venues varying from traditional concert settings to underground stages, located from the Netherlands to Brazil, equally enjoying performing at each one of them.
Germaine Sijstermans is based in Heerlen (NL) at the heart of the historically rich Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. As a maker she is connected to production house Intro (Maastricht), where she has been putting on concerts since 2014, and is in residency during the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons with support from talent development agency Via Zuid.
Sijstermans is a board member of Stichting Pro2, a platform for professional/amateur collaborations, and a member of the Root51 music theatre group. Furthermore she is involved with SLIM (foundation for improvised music in Limburg).
Germaine Sijstermans obtained her master’s degree as a performing musician at Codarts in Rotterdam with clarinet teacher Jan Janssen in 2013. Prior to that she did her bachelor studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with teacher Pierre Woudenberg. She partook in masterclasses by i.a. Martin Fröst, Michael Collins and Ernesto Molinari.
As a teacher, Sijstermans has been teaching clarinet to beginning and advanced students, young children as well as adults, in both individual and group education.