Canadian/Dutch Cellist Willem Stam was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. In 2006 he moved to The Netherlands where he completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Dmitry Ferschtman. Willem regularly performs a large variety of different styles and genres of music including continuous work with living composers. Hе performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor in a large variety of ensembles and settings.
In 2016 Willem became the Artistic Coordinator of Aurora Music.
He is also the founding cellist of the Ysaÿe Trio, an ensemble that released its first CD of trios by Beethoven and Ysaÿe in 2013 and it’s second CD of symphonic arrangements of works by Beethoven and Mahler for piano quartet in 2015. Willem is also a founding member of the New European Ensemble, a state-sponsored ensemble based in the Hague which has performed extremely varied projects, worked with a lot of new music, and organized social outreach projects all over Europe.
Willem studied in Canada with Beth Sandvoss and John Kadz. He has played for and worked with many of the worlds leading cellists and pedagogues and brings this background into his own teaching including masterclasses given in Canada, South America, and Europe. Willem teaches privately at home and through the internet where he regularly gives masterclasses and lessons to cellists around the globe.
Willem plays a Stefano Scarampella cello (Mantova, 1918) made available by the National Instrument Foundation of The Netherlands.