Wiek Hijmans (Netherlands, 1967) is an acknowledged pioneer on the electric guitar. Renown composers including Christian Wolff and Tristan Murail have written works for him. Wiek has performed solo and as a chamber musician in Europe, Russia, Indonesia, the U.S. with ensembles including the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the Nieuw Ensemble and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His solo CDs have received international critical acclaim. Wiek formed the CATCH electric guitar quartet at the request of American composer Steven Mackey. CATCH made its debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.
Wiek studied with David Starobin at the Manhattan School of Music (New York) where he was the first ever electric guitarist in the classical guitar department. Wiek’s groundbreaking work at the Manhattan School was awarded the prestigious Andrés Segovia prize. As a composer, he has written over 150 solo pieces for electric guitar, and a number of works for chamber- and theatre ensembles. Hijmans has done many (international) masterclasses and holds a position as artistic coach and guitar professor at the Utrecht Conservatory’s Musican 3.0 department.