Born in 1987, Sebastian Bohren completed his training in Zürich, Lucerne, and Munich with Zakhar Bron, Robert Zimansky, Igor Karsko, and Ingolf Turban. He received further instruction from Ana Chumachenco and Hansheinz Schneeberger.
With his expressive, soulful playing, Bohren has quickly established himself as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation. Ninety concerts each year as a soloist and chamber musician lead the young musician around the globe. He appears as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Staatskapelle St. Petersburg, Orchestra di Padova, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Argovia Philharmonic under the direction of Andrew Litton, James Gaffigan, Patrick Lange, Elim Chan, Muhai Tang, and Heinrich Schiff. In 2018 he will make his debut at the Lucerne Festival.
Sebastian Bohren’s recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, released in 2016 with RCA Red Seal, won enthusiastic acclaim from the press. In 2017 another recording followed featuring violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Hartmann, and Schubert as well as a digitally-released live album with works by Peteris Vasks and Gija Kancheli. With the ensemble CHAARTS and Gabor Takacs-Nagy, he will record the Mozart violin concertos in autumn 2018.
The Zürich-based violinist still maintains close ties with his home, the canton of Aargau. In 2015 he was granted a sabbatical year by the Aargauer Kuratorium, and in summer 2015 he served as Festival Artist at the Boswiler Sommer festival. He successfully directs his own concert series, the Stretta Concerts, in Brugg. 2015 also marked the release of his first CD, on which he performs Ignaz Pleyel’s rarely-heard violin concerto.
He plays an instrument by G.B. Guadagnini (Parma 1776) from a Swiss private collection.