My partnership with Sebastian began at NEC’s Preparatory Division where he was a student, then barely 14, at a time when I would periodically accompany there having just graduated from Yale and returned to Boston. We played a movement of Brahms’ F major Sonata for one of the student recitals and it went well enough, so that the next time Sebastian was looking for a pianist I was the one to receive the phone call. This second engagement was a performance of the same Brahms movement for Pieter Wispelwey’s masterclass at Harvard which, according to many, was quite a success. At that point we both realized that we were excited about playing together and would be able to collaborate as partners despite the substantial age difference. Since then we have played numerous duo recitals and will be releasing our first CD featuring works by Franck, Schemmer and Shostakovich in 2010.
Cellist Sebastian Bäverstam, winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, is also a winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed the Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 with the BSO at Symphony Hall. In 2007 Mr. Bäverstam substituted for Lynn Harrell with the Cape Cod Symphony on only six hours notice and delighted the audience playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto. He was praised by the Cape Cod Times for his “insightful musicianship and poetic feeling.” Mr. Bäverstam has toured as a soloist with orchestra in China, Venezuela and Brazil. Sebastian Bäverstam has appeared multiple times on the nationally syndicated radio show From the Top, participated in a PBS documentary filmed at Carnegie Hall and offered a concert of the complete Bach Cello Suites at Willliams College. Summer festivals he has attended include the Aspen Festival, the Banff Center in Canada, the Verbier Festival Academy and the International Music Academy in Switzerland under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Bäverstam is a student of Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Sebastian Bäverstam's Concert Artists Guild profile.
A very young Sebastian Bäverstam with Benjamin Zander in a episode from the PBS series, From the Top at Carnegie Hall.