Sebastian Braun, Violoncello
Sebastian Braun was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1990. He received his first cello lessons with Emanuel Rütsche at the age of five. He subsequently began his Music studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern in 2006. From 2007 onwards Sebastian studied with Conradin Brotbek at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart where he received his Bachelor’s degree with distinction in 2011. Subsequently he joined the class of Thomas Demenga where he received his Master of Performance with the highest marks in 2011. He has participated in many Masterclasses such as with Anner Bylsma, Pieter Whispelwey, Nicolas Alstaedt, Menahem Pressler, Ana Chumachenco, Gustav Rivinius, Troels Svane, Lazlo Fenyö just to name a few. Sebastian Braun has been a regular member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and played in many other ensembles, including performances as Solo Cellist with the Young Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Academy Basel.
He regularly performs as a Soloist at home and abroad, most recently with the Sinfonieorchester Basel under the baton of Lorenzo Viotti and the Music Hall Theater Orchestra St. Petersburg under the baton of Fabio Mastrangelo. He is a member of the Trio Eclipse, laureate of the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Cellist of the Kaleidoscope String Quartet with whom he played at many important festivals in Europe and South America. Sebastian Braun has been awarded many first prizes in both Chamber Music and Solo Competitions including the Schweizerischen Musikwettbewerb, Carl Wendling Chamber Music Competition, the Concours Mirabent in Spain and is currently supported by the Migros-Kulturprozent as well as the Rahn Kulturfonds. In 2016 he won first prize at the International Domnick Cello Competition in Stuttgart. Thanks to a generous private loan Sebastian Braun performs on a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, fecit in Milano 1692.