Sebastian Bohren was born in 1987 and attended the Kunst- und Sportgymnasium in Zurich. He studied the violin with Robert Zimansky and Zakhar Bron in Zurich, with Igor Karsko in Lucerne and with Ingolf Turban at Munich’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Other seminal influences have been Ana Chumachenco, Heinrich Schiff and Hansheinz Schneeberger. He has additionally received private lessons from Christoph Poppen, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Christian Tetzlaff.
As a soloist Sebastian Bohren appears regularly with orchestras at home and abroad, including the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Andrew Litton and Andrew Manze, the Basel Symphony Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, the Musikkollegium Winterthur under Douglas Boyd, the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra under Hossein Pishkar, the CHAARTS Chamber Artists under Gábor Takács-Nagy, the St Petersburg Staatskapelle under Elim Chan and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Among the ensembles that he has conducted from the violin are the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, the Zurich Camerata, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra of Ingolstadt and the Bern Chamber Orchestra. He made his Lucerne Festival debut in 2018.
Sebastian Bohren’s recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with CHAARTS was released on the RCA Red Seal label in 2016 and was exceptionally well received by the musical press. The following year saw the release of his recording of works for violin and orchestra by Mendelssohn, Hartmann and Schubert and the digital release of live recordings of music by Vasks, Kancheli and Shostakovich. His recording of Part One of a projected complete recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas was released in June 2018 and was described by Concerti as “full of spirit, sparkling with wit and filled with warmth and sympathy – it is a joy to listen to his playing.” His latest CD brings together the violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Britten. In September 2019 Sony Classical released an arrangement of Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata for violin, strings and percussion that Bohren himself had commissioned.
Sebastian Bohren additionally pursues his passion for chamber music with other artists, including Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Thomas Demenga, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Reto Bieri, Christian Poltera, Antoine Tamestit, Konstantin Lifschitz and Yekwon Sunwoo.
Sebastian Bohren lives in Zurich but continues to maintain close links with the canton of Aargau, where he was born. For the last ten years he has successfully organized his own concert series in Brugg, Stretta Concerts. Internationally acclaimed chamber musicians and orchestras come to Brugg each summer to give almost ten concerts a season in the town’s parish church. Bohren has also launched his own series of concerts in Adelboden under the title Worte und Klänge (Words and Sounds). These concerts bring together a number of hand-picked musicians for recitals in the Boutique Hotel Bellevue.
He plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma in 1776 (the “Ex-Wanamaker-Hart”).
1776’da Parma’da Giovanni Battista Guadagnini tarafından yapılan bir keman çalıyor (“Ex-Wanamaker-Hart”).