Photo: Johannes Keller
Sebastian Wienand lives in Basel and performs worldwide on historic keyboard instruments as a soloist, chamber music partner, and continuo player. He has collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, Les musiciens du Louvre, Millennium Orchestra, Maurice Steger, Gottfried von der Goltz, Rebeka Rusó and many others.
Prior to studying harpsichord, fortepiano and figured bass he founded the ensemble L’Ornamento. This work was rewarded by successes such as first prize and audience award for the ensemble at Musica Antiqua Bruges and the audience award at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival, where the ensemble has been an almost annual guest ever since.
As musical assistant to the Belgian conductor René Jacobs, he has contributed to internationally acclaimed opera productions at venues such as the Theater an der Wien or La Monnaie in Brussels. He has been invited several times to join his most important partner, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, for example to play Beethoven’s „Chorfantasie“ at Berlins Philharmonie to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the wall in 2014. A further highlight was a concert moderated by Andreas Staier with an all-Haydn programme at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in 2013, where he was invited again in 2016 to lead the six Brandenburg concertos together with La Cetra Basel.
Some CDs feature him as a soloist and chamber musician, for example Cembalo concertos of the Bach family with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and Howard Griffiths as well as Bach’s fifth Brandenburg concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Sebastian Wienand has been a scholarship recipient of the German Music Council, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Credit Suisse Emerging Artists Series, the Mozart Foundation Dortmund, and the Arts Foundation Baden-Württemberg.