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Sebastian Tewinkel

Born in Unna (Germany) in 1971, Sebastian Tewinkel started his violin and general music studies at the Hannover University of Music and Drama. He then continued at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts with Thomas Ungar, graduating with distinction in addition to participating in master courses given by Gianluigi Gelmetti and Sir Colin Davis.

After his studies Sebastian Tewinkel was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in Berlin and admitted to the patronage programme “Dirigentenforum” of the “Deutscher Musikrat”. Shortly after, he achieved success in two important competitions: in 2000 he received the first (and only) prize at the International Conducting Competition of the foundation “Fundação Oriente” at Lisbon, and in 2001 he won the Conductors Award in Bad Homburg.

Already early in his career, Sebastian Tewinkel has conducted numerous renowned orchestras, among them the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmony Hannover, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as Russia and Japan.

From 2002-2013 he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. He broadened the range of stylistic versatility and developed new programmes for this long established ensemble. Besides working with the Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, Sebastian Tewinkel continues conducting large orchestras. He has been invited by the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia, the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra for concerts, CD and broadcasting productions.

Sebastian Tewinkel is also successful in the field of opera. He has conducted among others, “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “The Fairy Queen”, “Tosca”, “La Traviata” and “Tannhäuser”.

In 2008 he made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Hamamatsu Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches at he Karlsruhe University of Music and at the Conservatory for Music in Feldkirch/Austria.


Conducted orchestras

• Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

• Münchner Philharmoniker

• Bamberger Symphoniker

• Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

• Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR

• Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle

• Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

• Bergische Symphoniker

• Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg

• Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

• Neue Philharmonie Westfalen

• Städtisches Orchester Pforzheim

• Münchener Kammerorchester

• Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn

• Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim

• Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim

• Folkwang-Kammerorchester Essen

• Festivals Strings Lucerne

• Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg

• Hamamatsu Philharmonic Orchestra

• St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

• Orquestra Metropolitana Lisboa

• Iceland Symphony Orchestra