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Charlie Siem
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Charlie Siem at Wigmore Hall, 2012
Background information
Born 14 January 1986 (1986-01-14) (age 35)
London, England
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist and model
Instruments Violin
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony Music

Charles Maximilian Siem (born 14 January 1986) is an English contemporary classical violinist and model.

Life and career

Charlie Siem was born in London, England, to Kristian Siem, a Norwegian businessman, and his South African-born wife. He has three sisters, all involved in arts: musician and composer Sasha Siem, visual artist and healing arts/yoga teacher Sophie Madeleine Siem, and artist and model Louisa Tatiana Kristianne Siem.

Siem began the study of violin at age three when his interest was piqued upon hearing the cassettes his mother used to play for her children. He went on to study at Eton College and Girton College, Cambridge, and continued his violin studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Shlomo Mintz. He performed his first concerto with an orchestra at age 15, and played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 18. He has gained recognition in the past few years by playing alongside artists such as The Who and Miley Cyrus. Among his fans include Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Siem also professionally models having been the face of Dunhill London and Hugo Boss.

Siem is distantly related to Norwegian violin virtuoso and composer Ole Bull.

He plays a violin made by Guarneri del Gesu from 1735, also known as "The d'Egville". The violin was previously owned by Yehudi Menuhin.

A great believer in devoting time to worthwhile causes, Siem is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.

Discography

Siem has released CDs through the years:

  • Charlie Siem – Elgar & Grieg (Sonatas for Violin and Piano) - Andrei Korobeinikov - Challenge Classics
  • Charlie Siem – Violin Virtuoso - Warner Classics
  • Charlie Siem – Bruch, Wieniawski, Ole Bull – The London Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Gourlay - Warner Classics
  • Charlie Siem – Tony Banks: six pieces for orchestra - The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Martin Robertson - Paul Englishby - Naxos
  • Charlie Siem – Under The Stars – Münchner Rundfunkorchester – Paul Goodwin – Sony Classical
  • Charlie Siem – Midnight Garden - Paravox Records
  • Charlie Siem – Between the Clouds - Itamar Golan - Signum Classics
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