Sebastian Manz
A | CH | EE
2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award
Hannover (Germany)
Studies with
Sabine Meyer, Rainer Wehle
First Prize at the ARD Competition 2008
First Prize at the ARD Competition 2008
harmonia mundi, cpo, BR-Klassik
Short Biography
Sebastian Manz' big breakthrough came with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he won not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. In the “Duo Riul” with his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months previously. Sebastian Manz has since then been one of the most popular soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Two ECHO Klassik awards have confirmed Sebastian Manz as one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of his generation. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.

His 2018/2019 season included a tour with his wind ensemble Variation5, which was guest in Cologne, Lindau, Nienburg, Viersen and Switzerland, among others, before performing the clarinet concertos of Carl Maria von Weber and Aaron Copland as soloist with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In Australia he gave his first concert at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and in spring 2019 four concerts as part of the "The Bowers Program" of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. As a soloist, he gave a guest performance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin and the Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in various formations on the stages of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Kieler Schloss.

His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz's intuition for details and overarching concepts. Time and again, he demonstrates a unique talent for arranging and composing on his albums and at his concerts.

Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz is active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. Furthermore, he was appointed artistic director of the festival :alpenarte in 2018.

Season 2021/22
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