Sebastian Bohren is a violinist who, as both concerto soloist and chamber musician, strikes a distinctive balance in his interpretations and his choice of repertoire, which favours the Classical and early Romantic eras, the 20th century, and the present day. The Süddeutsche Zeitung has described Bohren as “one of the most serious-minded, forthright musicians of his generation” while BBC Music Magazine’s 5* review of his Avie recording of Mozart violin concertos praised his “gorgeous solo playing […] vividly alert to the music’s every shift and turn.”
Sebastian Bohren regularly works with ensembles such as the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Lucerne Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, playing under the baton of Michael Sanderling, Cristian Macelaru, Marc Minkowski, Heinz Holliger, Andrew Manze, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, James Gaffigan and Ivor Bolton.
Bohren studied in Zurich with Jens Lohmann and later with Robert Zimansky and Zakhar Bron before continuing his studies with Igor Karsko in Lucerne and with Ingold Turban at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich. Other formative influences during his artistic development were Ana Chumachenco, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Christian Tetzlaff and Heinrich Schiff. Bohren today lives in Zurich but maintains his close links to his home canton of Aargau through the successful Stretta Concerts series that he directs, and through the Brugg Festival.
He plays a 1761 violin made in Parma by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, the “Ex-Wanamaker-Hart”.