Jan Sciffer studied at the Gent, Brussels and Maastricht Conservatoires. As a student he won various prizes, such as the Tenuto competition and the Pro Civitate competition.
From 1986 to 1989 he was cello soloist with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, after which he joined the Beethoven Academy and the Eugène Usaÿe ensemble. Jan Sciffer teaches at the francophone department of the Brussels Conservatoire.
He was the first musician to play the world creation of Flemish compositions such as 'Spring Bowing' by Frank Agsteribbe, Sonate op. 71 by Frits Celis and ‘Miserere' by Rudy Tas. Jan Sciffer is also active as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras, and has his own duo with Hans Ryckelynck.
Jan Sciffer plays an 1848 Giuseppe Cerutti cello. (c) Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen