The German organist and harpsichordist, Sebastian Knebel, had his first training in organ building, although he was already organist in several churches in Berlin at the time. studied studied organ building in and church music at the Dresden Kirchenmusikschule and at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar. This was followed by the study of historical keyboard instruments under Ludger Rémy at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen.
Sebastian Knebel is one of the most sought after specialists from Saxony of the younger generation for organ and harpsichord music of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1995, while still completing his studies, he became the harpischordist of the Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein (Director: Ludger Rémy). He performs regularly together with the Körnerschen Singverein of Dresden. He has appeared with many period-instrument ensembles, including Salzburg Barock, Capella de la Torre, Chursaechsische Capelle, and Musica Florea in Prague. He is the harpsichordist of Collegium Marianum Praha, Capella Sagittariana Dresden and the Dresdner Instrumental Concert, as well as the Artistic Director of the ensemble Labia vocalia. His concert activities as an organist, harpsichordist and player of the Hammerklavier (pianoforte) have taken him throughout Germany, to France, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the USA and Mexico. In the 2007-2008 season, he was resident guest artist at Christ the King Lutheran Church and with the Bach Society Houston.
In addition to a busy freelance career, Sebastian Knebel works for the restoration and preservation of historical organs in Saxony and elsewhere.