A photograph of Sebastian smiling, to accompany his Bio

Passionate about music from a young age, I create vibrant, relevant music in reaction to the multitudinous and pressing issues of today’s world.

My career in music began when I premiered my first major composition, Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 9.

At the age of 19, I became the youngest 3-time winner of the annual BMI Student Composer Awards, in addition to five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

I’ve had the good fortune to have my works played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Chamber Choir, the NouLou Chamber Players, the Louisville Ballet, and the Louisville Orchestra.

My Classical Symphony, premiered Jan. 29 & Jan. 30, '15, by the Louisville Orchestra, is subject of Episode 9: “First Symphony” of the Music Makes a City Now documentary cycle. Between Heaven and Earth, in collaboration with Kurdish Baghdad-native visual artist Vian Sora, premiered by the Louisville Orchestra & Louisville Chamber Choir on Feb. 2 & Feb. 3, '18. Cryptogenic Infrastructure Fantasy, for violin, clarinet, piano, and timpani, received its second performance by Roman Rabinovich & Diana, Alexander, & Franklin Cohen, in Calgary, Canada on Dec. 9, ‘18.

I obtained my B.M. in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music & an M.M. in Composition from the University of Southern California.

I was the Resident Composer for the Louisville Orchestra from 2016-2018. I currently fulfill the position of Auxiliary Pianist for the Louisville Orchestra.