Saskia grows up in Bussum, the Netherlands, in a musically diverse environment. As a child, Saskia plays many different music instruments, including the recorder, flute, trumpet, and the electric and acoustic guitar. At the age of twelve, while taking part in a music competition with her flute, she sees a cello for the first time. This turns out to be a memorable moment for Saskia, and she decides to start playing cello at the age of fifteen.