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“In Sebastian Fritsch’s hands the cello speaks, sings and pulsates, drawing us irresistibly along. The technique is of a perfect suppleness, always serving the musical discourse. Sebastian is one of the great talents of his generation.”
Jean-Guihen Queyras

Concerts

Church of St. Simon and Jude, Prague

Concert with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra

J. Brahms: Double Concerto

Rosa Neßling, violin Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Philharmonie Hradec Kralové

Kursaal in Bad Cannstatt

Chamber Music Recital

with works by Beethoven

Seiji Okamoto, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Jean-Selim Abdelmoula, piano

Augustinum Bonn

Stuttgarter Kammerduo

With works by Kummer, Glière, Ravel and Halvorsen

Rosa Neßling, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello

Schloss Donzdorf

Stuttgarter Kammerduo

With works by Kummer, Glière, Ravel and Halvorsen

Rosa Neßling, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello

Schwabenlandhalle Fellbach

Concert with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

With works by Vivaldi and others

Elena Meipariani, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Josefa Schmidt, piano

Eduard-von-Winterstein-Theater Annaberg

Concert with the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue

J. Brahms: Double Concerto

Rosa Neßling, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello

Eduard-von-Winterstein-Theater Annaberg

Concert with the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue

J. Brahms: Double Concerto

Rosa Neßling, violin
Sebastian Fritsch, cello

Schloss Berleburg

CELLOnly Concert

With works by Mozart, Brahms, Villa Lobos, Piazzolla and Coldplay

Lisa Neßling, Sebastian Fritsch, Till Schuler, Benjamin Pas, Tim Binder and Luca Bosch, cello

Großes Haus Halberstadt

Concert with the Harzer Sinfonikern

E. Elgar: Cello Concerto

Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Grigor Palikarov, conductor

Großes Haus Quedlinburg

Concert with the Harzer Sinfonikern

E. Elgar: Cello Concerto

Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Grigor Palikarov, conductor

Festspiele Putbus

CELLOnly Concert

With works by Handel, Brahms and de Falla

Lisa Neßling, Sebastian Fritsch, Till Schuler, Benjamin Pas, Tim Binder and Luca Bosch, cello

“In my opinion, Sebastian Fritsch is one of the best cellists of his generation. His playing is characterised by musical intelligence, interpretive verve, compelling creativity and a refreshingly personal reading. It is a rare pleasure to experience Sebastian Fritsch in concert!”
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

News

CD release

Sebastian Fritsch’s debut CD will be released by GENUIN in the autumn of 2020.

Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2019

Sebastian Fritsch was a prizewinner at the renowned competition Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in 2019, receiving not only the main prize but also the audience award. In the finale, he performed together with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra under Olivier Tardy.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition in 2019

Sebastian Fritsch was 1st prizewinner at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition in 2019. For the finale, which took place in the main hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin, he played Schumann’s Cello Concerto together with the Konzerthaus Orchestra under the baton of Corinna Niemeyer.

TONALi Music Competition 2018

Sebastian Fritsch won the renowned TONALi18 cello competition in 2018. In the finale, which took place in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall, he played Schumann’s Cello Concerto together with the internationally renowned Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein. In addition to the first prize, he was awarded the audience prize, the Mariinsky Special Prize and the Saltarello Prize, and was accepted for artist representation by the TONALiSTEN Agency.

Power, love, drama, art


“One expects a young talent and experiences a fully rounded artist. A cellist with an extraordinarily fine and captivating sound ... This musician not only draws the enthusiastic audience along but also the orchestra.”
Stuttgarter Nachrichten

Biography

Sebastian Fritsch,

was born in Stuttgart in 1996. He has been a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions. In 2019 he won 1st prize and the audience award at the renowned Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, 1st Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory Competition and, in 2018, 1st Prize at the TONALi Cello Competition along with the audience award, the Mariinsky Special Prize and the Saltarello Prize.

He began his musical studies under Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Freiburg University of Music in 2014 before joining the cello class of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at Weimar’s Franz Liszt University of Music in 2018. Since the autumn of 2020, Sebastian Fritsch has been continuing his education at the Kronberg Academy under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In addition, he has attended masterclasses by Wen-Sinn Yang, Jens Peter Maintz, David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti and Frans Helmerson, among others. He also continues to work with his long-standing teacher Lisa Neßling and holds a scholarship at the International Music Academy of Liechtenstein.

As a solo performer, Sebastian Fritsch has already appeared with leading orchestras such as St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in prestigious venues such as Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Liederhalle Stuttgart and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

He has been invited to play at top festivals such as the Cello Biennale Amsterdam, the Salzburg Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Sebastian Fritsch plays a cello by Thorsten Theis from 2016.

Extraordinary musical fireworks

“With a confident smile and incredible vitality and virtuosity ... he brilliantly illuminated the beauty of this music down to the tiniest detail.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung

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J. Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 Op.38 in E minor,
1. Allegro non troops

Sebastian Fritsch, cello
Naoko Sonoda, piano

Calmly audacious

“Sebastian Fritsch is an ardent soloist who offers stunning performances with great style and charisma. He interprets highly virtuoso sections with pathos as well as agility, while the graceful passages are immensely beguiling and velvety.”
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