“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.”
“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
“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.”
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 made by Thorsten Theis from 2016, which is made available to him by the Karl Schlecht Foundation.
“With a confident smile and incredible vitality and virtuosity ... he brilliantly illuminated the beauty of this music down to the tiniest detail.”
“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.”