Future Faces meet Rising Star

At just 25-years-old, Christoph Sietzen is one of the outstanding percussionists of his generation.

On Monday 29 January, Christoph and his WAVE Quartet performed a riotously colourful evening of music at at Town Hall and met young professionals from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce's Future Faces.

Future Faces has been created by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to help businesses support and develop staff who are committed to developing their careers.

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population. There are over 400 schools, 15 universities and three university colleges within one hour’s drive of the city. The universities are working together to put a strong sales pitch to students and employers in order to retain young talent from elsewhere as well as home grown talent.

Acclaimed by the press as a “rare talent” and praised for his “refreshing musical naturalness, technical mastery and dazzling feeling as well as ... powerful stage presence,” Christoph was nominated by Philharmonie Luxembourg to be one of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars. The selected Rising Stars receive professional development support and perform a concert tour across the halls of the ECHO network.

Later this year, Town Hall welcomes more Rising Stars to perform in Europe's youngest city including Swedish viola player Ellen Nisbeth and Hungarian Trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi.