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The Sebastians (www.sebastians.org) are a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the baroque and classical eras. Lauded as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), the Sebastians have also been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today). I Care If You Listen praised the ensemble’s “beautifully-nuanced playing and thoughtful expressivity” in their début album, calling the recording a “technical and timbral tour-de-force.” This season, in addition to performances in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Seattle, the Sebastians present a year-long celebration of their namesake, J. S. Bach, in New York City, featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti; Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a newly-commissioned companion work by Tawnie Olson; Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin as an installation piece; a program exploring the Musical Offering; and a spectacular production of Bach’s St. Passion in collaboration with TENET.


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…everywhere sharp-edged and engaging… The New York Times (click for PDF of article)
The musical quality was further enhanced by the presence of the [Sebastians], a leading young early-music ensemble, which performed beautifully throughout. The New York Times (click for PDF of article)
…of the demand for this group, there can be little doubt…. energetic… youthful, vigorous performance style… The New York Times (click for PDF of article)
…fast-rising group of period-instrumentalists that opened its own season with a lively concert on Saturday… The New York Times (click for PDF of article)
…the instrumental ensemble… including fine musicians from the Sebastians, played with stylistic authority and rhythmic verve… The New York Times
New York a hotbed of early music? No one would have said so 20 years ago (when some of us were saying the opposite) or even 10 years ago. But a remarkable shift has occurred over the last decade or so, thanks to a web of interlocking factors, including… the enterprise of groups like Tenet and the Sebastians… The New York Times (click for PDF of article)

…a worthy addition to any concert series accustomed to hearing leading mainstream string quartets. Early Music America (click for PDF of article)
…well-thought-out articulation and phrasing… Early Music Review (click for PDF of article)
…elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance… Early Music Today (click for PDF of article)
The Sebastians took us on a delightful journey, one in which lucid, subtle playing left space for the emotion and wit… the audience had been thoroughly seduced by the ensemble’s deft balance of firebrand playing and classical elegance. Seen and Heard International (click for PDF of article)
Supporting these aims, Dell’Arte scored a canny coup for its first opera from the baroque repertoire by inviting the up-and-coming period-instrument ensemble The Sebastians to form the core of the Poppea band. …the Sebastians surely provided a salutary grounding for a crew of singers with little or no experience in this kind of music. Parterre Box (click for PDF of article)
The singers were helped by taut ensemble playing from conductor Jeffrey Grossman and The Sebastians, a period chamber ensemble. Superconductor Blog (click for PDF of article)


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Contact Info

music@sebastians.org
163 Saint Nicholas Avenue, #2H
New York, NY 10026
phone: 262-345-2224