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Sebastian Knauer

Since his concert debut at the age of 14 in the Laeiszhalle of his home city of Hamburg, Sebastian Knauer is now able to look back on a concert career spanning more than 30 years.

Sebastian Knauer has performed in over fifty countries on four continents, at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Tonhalle Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Lincoln Center New York, Harris Theater Chicago, National Center for Performing Arts Beijing and the Toppan Hall inTokyo.

He is a regular guest at festivals such as those in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Rheingau, at the Dresden Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, the Salzburg Festival, and in Gstaad, Montreux, Merano, Bath, Ravinia, Savannah and Shanghai.

Sebastian Knauer’s wide-ranging and multifaceted repertoire is reflected in his 15 CD releases to date. For his CD “ÜBERBACH” (composed by Arash Safaian), he was awarded the 2017 Echo Klassik prize. The recordings of “Bach & Sons” and “Bach & Sons II”, together with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and once under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, received high critical acclaim: “Brilliant” (Stern), “Fantastic” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), “Excellent” (Die Presse, Vienna). Previous recordings for the Berlin Classics, Warner Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Naxos labels have featured works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert, as well as the American composers Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein and Copland. His joint project entitled “East meets West” together with Daniel Hope received an Echo Klassik Award in 2005 and a Grammy nomination. Sebastian Knauer has signed a contract with BMG/Modern Recordings. The first album “This is (not) Beethoven” (composed by Arash Safaian) was released in May 2020.

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