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About Sebastian

The Colombian conductor Sebastián Almánzar has distinguished himself as a talented young  Orchestral  and Choir Conductor.

In June 2024 Sebastian was chosen as one of the active participants to take part of the "Ammodo Masterclass" with the Concertgebouw orchestra and led by the conductor Paavo Järvi.

Also in this year, he will be one of the semifinalists of the "Guido Cantelli international conducting award" celebrated in Milan, at the Coccia Theater.

In November and December he will make his Debut at the Royal Danish Opera (copenhagen) with a production of the Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

He began his conducting studies at the Eafit University in Colombia with Cecilia Espinosa and Alejandro Posada. In 2023 he finished his Master in Conducting at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts, in Vienna under Professor Simeon Pironkoff.

Sebastian has worked with renowned national orchestras, such as the National symphony of Colombia, Eafit Symphony Orchestra, Iberacademy Orchestra, the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra from the "Estudio Polifónico de Medellín". 
In Europe he has led orchestras such as the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Wien,  the Webern Sinfonietta (Austria), l'Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium), Aarhus symphony orchestra (Denmark), Odense symfoniorkester (Denmark) and his most recent work during the 2023/2024 season as assistant conductor of Marie Jacquot with the Vienna symphony Orchestra (Austria), and the Basque National Orchestra (Spain).

He has been a prizewinner in some National Colombian competitions, such as:

“Young talents with the Eafit symphony orchestra" (Medellin, 2016).

"1st Workshop and competition with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra” (Medellin, 2018), "Workshop and competition of the National symphony orchestra of Colombia" (Bogotá, 2017 and 2019).

 

In February 2020 he was awarded 2nd Prize at the European Union conducting competition (Bulgaria). And he came back in September 2020 as guest conductor of the Pazardjhik symphony orchestra

He has participated in master classes led by Andres Orozco-Estrada, Marin Alsop, Roberto Gonzales-Monjas, Francisco Rettig, Olivier Grangean, Philippe Augin.

Sebastian is a fervent proponent for the inclusion and culture development trough educative programs. 

Before moving to Europe, he was teaching music at the Fundación vivan los niños (Let the children live).  A Christian charity of last resort for children from the streets  and  shanty-towns of Colombia.

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