“IN RHETORIC AND EXPRESSIVE INTERPRETATIONS, SEBASTIAN BOHREN PROVES A VERSATILE AND IMAGINATIVE BACH PERFORMER.” PIZZICATO
Described by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as one of the most “serious and unassuming musicians of his generation”, Sebastian Bohren has appeared in concert as both soloist and chamber musician with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Argovia Philharmonic, as well as the Zurich and Basel Chamber Orchestras, under Mario Venzago, Andrew Manze, Elim Chan, James Gaffigan, Patrick Lange, Andrew Litton, Douglas Boyd, Philippe Bach and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Sebastian Bohren made his Lucerne Festival debut in 2018 and performs a wide-ranging repertoire. Highlights include appearances with Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Schnittke’s Concerto grosso no.1, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Eötvös’s “Seven” and Gubaidulina’s “Offertorium”, Bartók’s First Violin Concerto with the Orchestra Svizzera Italiana under Heinz Holliger, as well as Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois in the Casino Bern. There are further plans for concerts with the Romanian Chamber Orchestra with Cristian Macelaru, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen, Festival Strings Lucerne, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
Sebastian Bohren’s recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with CHAARTS was enthusiastically received in the music press. 2017 saw the release of his recording of concertos by Mendelssohn, Hartmann and Schubert and the live albums of music by Vasks, Kancheli and Shostakovich. His recording of part one of two of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas was released in June 2018 and described by Concerti as “full of spirit, sparkling with wit and filled with warmth and sympathy […]”. His recording of violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Britten was released in January 2019, and followed in September of the same year by the recording of a new arrangement of Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata. His recording of Mozart’s Violin Concertos nos. 3 and 5 was released on the Avie label in June 2021.
He runs his own highly successful concert series “Stretta Concerts” in Brugg and plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma in 1761, the “Ex-Wanamaker-Hart”.