"In rhetoric and expressive interpretations, Sebastian Bohren proves a versatile and imaginative Bach performer." Pizzicato
Described by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as one of the most “serious and unassuming musicians of his generation”, Sebastian Bohren has appeared in concert as both soloist and chamber musician with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Argovia Philharmonic, as well as the Zurich and Basel Chamber Orchestras, under Mario Venzago, Andrew Manze, Elim Chan, James Gaffigan, Patrick Lange, Andrew Litton, Douglas Boyd, Philippe Bach and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Sebastian Bohren made his Lucerne Festival debut in 2018 and performs a wide-ranging repertoire that runs from Bach to the present day. Recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances with Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Schnittke’s Concerto grosso no.1, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Eötvös’s “Seven” and Gubaidulina’s “Offertorium”, Bartók’s First Violin Concerto with the Orchestra Svizzera Italiana under Heinz Holliger, as well as Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois in the Casino Bern. There are further plans for concerts with the Romanian Chamber Orchestra with Cristian Macelaru, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen, Festival Strings Lucerne ,the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
Sebastian Bohren’s recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with CHAARTS was enthusiastically received in the music press. Subsequently, 2017 saw the release of his recording of violin concertos by Mendelssohn, Hartmann and Schubert and the digital live albums of music by Vasks, Kancheli and Shostakovich. His recording of the first part of a projected complete recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas was released in June 2018 and described by Concerti as “full of spirit, sparkling with wit and filled with warmth and sympathy [...]”. His recording of violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Britten was released in January 2019, and followed in September of the same year by the recording of a new arrangement of Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata. His recording of Mozart’s Violin Concertos nos. 3 and 5 was released on the Avie label in June 2021.
Sebastian pursues his passion for chamber music in collaborations with such artists as Roby Lakatos, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Konstantin Lifschitz, Benjamin Schmid, Reto Bieri, Thomas Demenga, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Yekwon Sunwoo, Christian Poltera and Antoine Tamestit.
Between 2013 and 2020 Bohren was a member of the Stradivari Quartet. He performed with the ensemble in the Chamber Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, the Chamber Hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Victoria Hall in Singapore and on tour in Japan and Korea. Other highlights wereappearances at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.
Sebastian Bohren was born in 1987 and attended the Kunst- und Sportgymnasium in Zurich. He was taught violin by Jens Lohmann and went on to study with Robert Zimansky and Zakhar Bron in Zurich, with Igor Karsko in Lucerne and with Ingolf Turban at Munich’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Other seminal influences have been Ana Chumachenco, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Christoph Poppen, Heinrich Schiff,and Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Christian Tetzlaff.
Sebastian Bohren lives in Zurich but continues to maintain close links with the canton of Aargau, where he was born. He runs his own highly successful concert series “Stretta Concerts” in Brugg. Sebastian Bohren plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma in 1761, the “Ex-Wanamaker-Hart”.