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Sebastian Knauer

Sebastian Knauer can look back at a career spanning more than three decades since his debut at the age of 14 at the Laeiszahalle in his hometown Hamburg. His style is characterized by understatement and the highest level of musicality making him an important fixture of the international music scene.

Sebastian Knauer has performed in more than 50 countries across 4 continents, playing at venues like the Berlin Philharmonics, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London`s Wigmore Hall , the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Lincoln Center New York, the Harris Theater in Chicago, the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing and the Toppan Hall  in Tokyo. He is a regular guest star at festivals like the ones in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and in the Rheingau, at the Dresden Music Festival, the Piano Fest Ruhr, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schubertiade Hohenems, the Salzburg Festival, in Gstaad, Montreux, Meran, Bath, Ravinia, Savannah or Shanghai.

Sebastian Knauer‘s repertoire is varied and extensive being reflected in currently more than 15 CD recordings. His CD “ÜBERBACH“ has been awarded the Klassik ECHO award in 2017. His recordings “Bach & Sons“ and “Bach & Sons II“, together with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the first under Sir Roger Norrington were highly praised: „Brillant“ (Stern), „Phantastic“ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), „Excellent“ (Die Presse Wien). His past recordings for Berlin Classics, Warner Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Naxos include works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn und Schubert, as well as by the American composers Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein und Copland. Together with his duo partner Daniel Hope, he recorded the project „East meets West“ which was awarded the Klassik ECHO in 2005 and was also nominated for a Grammy that year. Sebastian Knauer just signed a contract with SONY. The first CD is planned to be published later in 2019.
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