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The Sebastians (Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 2001 - New York City, New York, USA

The Sebastians are a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical eras. Lauded as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), the Sebastians have also been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today).

Winners of the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, the Sebastians were also finalists in the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. They have participated in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with L'Arpeggiata, and have performed at Music Matters (LaGrua Center in Stonington, Connecticut), Friends of Music at Pequot Library (Southport, Connecticut), Juilliard in Aiken (Aiken, South Carolina), in the Twelfth Night Festival and Concerts@One at Trinity Wall Street (New York City, New York), and on the Early Music in Columbus series (Ohio).

The Sebastians début CD "Night Scenes from the Ospedale" pairs Antonio Vivaldi's concerti from L'Estro Armonico with newly composed interludes by Robert Honstein. I Care If You Listen praised the “beautifully-nuanced playing and thoughtful expressivity” in the recording, calling the album a “technical and timbral tour-de-force.” Their second CD, "the Sebastians a 2: Virtuoso Music of the Holy Roman Empire", explores the rich baroque repertoire of music for violin and harpsichord written by composers from modern-day Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

In 2015-2016 season, the Sebastians continue for the fourth season as ensemble-in-residence at All Angels’ Church in New York City. In addition, their season includes a recording project of cantatas by Christoph Graupner with baritone Michael Hix, touring engagements in Miami, Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia with acclaimed vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, an appearance on the Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque series, and numerous performances in New York and Connecticut.


Artistic Directors: Daniel S. Lee & Jeffrey Grossman
Managing Director: Karl Hinze
Founding Members: Daniel S. Lee & Ezra Seltzer

Source: The Sebastians Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Stephen Sands


Video: BWV 230 [2015], BWV 243a [2015]

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The Sebastians (Official Website)
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