Bowers Program Artist

Sebastian Manz


Sebastian Manz Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

Clarinetist Sebastian Manz has been praised for his “enchantingly beautiful intonation and technical prowess” by Fono Forum. In the 2019/2020 season he performs as a soloist with major European orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. On the chamber music stage, he gives performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and will appear at different festivals including the prestigious festival Heidelberger Frühling in Germany and the Jazzfestival Viersen, collaborating with artists like Sebastian Studnitzky, Herbert Schuch, Sarah Christian, Julian Steckel, the wind quintet variation5, the Danish String Quartet, and the Armida Quartett. At the ARD International Music Competition in 2008, he won not only first prize in the clarinet category, which had not been awarded for 40 years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. He is solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart and artistic director of the festival :alpenarte. He is also active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. His recording of the complete works of Carl Maria von Weber was included in the list of the German Record Critics’ “Quarterly Critics Choice” and won an ECHO Classic award. He recently released his recording “A Bernstein Story.” Mr. Manz was born in Hanover, and his teachers include the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Reiner Wehle. He is a member of CMS's Bowers Program.