Passionate about music from a young age, Sebastian creates vibrant, relevant music in reaction to the multitudinous and pressing issues of today’s world.
Sebastian is the youngest three time BMI Student Composer Awards winner in the history of the competition. He won his first award at the age of 14 (also receiving the Carlos Surinach Prize that year for being the youngest recipient), a second award at 17, and a third award at the age of 19. Following his third win, BMI limited the total amount of wins available to any individual applicant to two. Check out BMI's awards ceremonies press releases for the years Sebastian won by clicking on the pictures below.
Sebastian won a $50K scholarship as a Davidson Fellow Laureate in '02 by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Click on the picture for the Davidson Institute's coverage of the '02 Awards Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Sebastian's compositions have been played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Chamber Choir, the NouLou Chamber Players, the Louisville Ballet, and the Louisville Orchestra.
His Symphony, premiered in January '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, based on oil paintings of visual artist Vian Sora, was premiered by the Louisville Orchestra & Louisville Chamber Choir in February '18. Cryptogenic Infrastructure Fantasy, for violin, clarinet, piano, and timpani, received its second performance by Roman Rabinovich & Diana, Alexander, & Franklin Cohen, in Calgary, Canada in December ‘18.
Sebastian obtained his B.M. in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music & an M.M. in Composition from the University of Southern California. From '16-'18, he was the Resident Composer for the Louisville Orchestra, and he currently fulfills the duties of the Louisville Orchestra's Auxiliary Pianist. He was born in and currently lives in Orange County, CA. He is registered under ASCAP as a Writer & Publisher. His publishing company is Sebastian Press.