Canadian/Dutch Cellist Willem Stam was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. In 2006 he moved to The Hague where he is currently based. His broad repertoire spans the entire history of the cello and beyond as he continues frequent work with living composers. A versatile and flexible musician, he performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor in a large variety of ensembles and settings.

“The Ysaÿe Trio performs with conviction, craftsmanship and love. Superb!”
Haarlems Dagblad
Willem Stan, cello

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New CD

Together with Pianist Hanna Shybayeva, the Ysaÿe Trio recently finished recording their second CD to be released in the coming on months on the Dutch Record Company Label. Stay tuned for more information!

Elgar Concerto in December

Elgar Concerto with Nijmegen Student Orchestra in December 2013. In December 2013 Willem will perform Elgar concerto for the first time in Nijmegen, the Netherlands both at the University and in the Vereniging together with the Nijmeegs Studentenorkest in performances on the 13th and 17th of December.

Bolivia Clasica

Return to Bolivia to teach as part of Bolivia Clasica planned for fall of 2013. From September 24 to October 20 Willem Stam will return to La Paz, Bolivia for his second month-long stretch of teaching for Bolivia Clasica. The trip will culminate in three concerts including performances by the students as well as Willem… /// Read more

Ysaÿe Trio to release new CD

Ysaÿe Trio to release new CD on Dutch Record Company label during Grachten Festival on August 17, 2013. On August 17, 2013 as part of the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam the Ysaÿe Trio will release it’s debut CD on the Dutch Record Company label. The CD includes the Beethoven Serenade Op. 8 and the rarely… /// Read more

BBC Proms 2013

BBC Proms 2013 – In August 2013, as part of Camerata Nordica, an unconnected chamber orchestra based in Sweden, Willem will tour multiple Swedish destinations as well as Talinn, Estonia, and make his and the orchestras debut at the BBC Proms in London. For more information visit: www.cameratanordica.com

“The Beethoven’s Serenade is performed here with grace and imagination by the Ysaye Trio and opens and closes its six movements with a sprightly Marcia.


Ovcharova’s violin is instantly winning and full of character whilst Willem Stam’s coercively tender cello playing at the beginning and end of the Adagio evokes the heartfelt sincerity. A wonderfully spirited viola section played by Emlyn Stam can be thoroughly enjoyed in the Allegretto alla Polacca and Thema con Variazioni.


All instrumentalists sound balanced and rich in this recording for DRC”

musicweb-international.com Lucy Jeffery

“The Ysaÿe Trio performs with conviction, craftsmanship and love. Superb!”

Haarlems Dagblad (Haarlem, Netherlands)

“Their playing made a great impression and demonstrated how the talented cello and piano duo could find the extremes of expression within the compositions. The performers melted the performance and technical capacity together seamlessly.”

Telegraaf (Netherlands)

“A joy to listen to and also to see! Even as part of the ensemble, Willem Stam was one of the subtle stars of the show”

Maxazine.nl (Dutch culture blog)

“These young musicians are not only infectiously enthousiastic but they also play fantastically!”

Nutida Musik (Stockholm, Sweden)
Willem Stan, cellist