Sander Sittig was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1961. He studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory under Jan Wijn. After graduation he continued his studies under Naum Grubert, Willem Brons and Eugene Indjic and took master classes with Menahem Pressler, Charles Rosen and Yevgeni Malinin. After winning prizes at the international piano competitions of Rome, Palm Beach, Epinal and Eindhoven he started a career that took him all over Europe and other continents, performing a wide range of repertoire; piano concertos, solo recitals and chamber music.
Sander Sittig has recorded solo (compositions by Mozart) and chamber music CD’s. He is best known, however, as the partner of famous violinists, such as Shlomo Mintz, Ilya Grubert, Liza Ferschtman and Maria Milstein. He also frequently appears at festivals such as Marienbad Nocturnes, The Violins of Hope (Charlotte, NC) and New Masters on Tour (Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bratislava, Budapest) and is official pianist at competitions like the Sion International Violin Competition and the Boris Goldstein Competition (Berne).
In 2015 the first CD of Sander Sittig’s collaboration with violinist Benjamin Scherer Quesada was released. During the year he gave several solo recitals all over the Netherlands and made a tour of Italy with prize winning violinist Aylen Pritchin. He showed many aspects of himself during the Huberman Project in Israel, in which he performed chamber music and taught solo and duet master classes. In violinist Rudolf Koelman’s recidency at Arnhem’s Musis Sacrum concert hall he was invited to perform trios by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
In 2016 Sander Sittig will perform in the Styriarte festival (Graz, Austria) and in recitals in Italy with violinist Shlomo Mintz. He will be collaborating at Crans-Montana Classics (Switzerland) and isa2016 (Austria) and give recitals and chamber concerts in Amsterdam and Rotterdam with cellist Pieter Wispelwey and other leading Dutch musicians.
Sander Sittig lives in Amsterdam and teaches chamber music, piano accompaniment and artistic research at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He is a collaborator at summer academies like Suonarte (Italy) and The International Holland Music Sessions, as well as at iClassical Academy, an organization that distributes master classes through the Internet.