Sebastian Sternal

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Sebastian Sternal (2018)
Sebastian Sternal (with the Steffen Weber Quintet in the Stadtkirche Darmstadt 2016)

Sebastian Aaron Sternal (* 1983 in Mainz ) is a German pianist and composer of modern jazz .

Live and act

Sternal took piano lessons from the age of six and came to jazz through his teacher at the age of eleven. Since 2003 he has been studying jazz piano in Cologne with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss , from 2007 composition at CNRS Paris with Hervé Sellin and then again in Cologne with Joachim Ullrich . First he played in the state youth jazz orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate and then was a long-time member of the federal jazz orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer , for which he also worked as a lecturer.

Sternal has worked with musicians such as Dee Dee Bridgewater , John Ruocco and John Riley ; Concert tours have taken him through Europe, the USA, Namibia and South Africa. In 2009 his debut album Eins was released , and in 2010 the second trio album Paris . In addition to his trio with Sebastian Klose (bass) and Axel Pape (drums), important projects included a duo with Claudius Valk , the quartet of Luxembourg saxophonist Maxime Bender and the trio with Parisian vocalist Anne-Marie Jean and bassist Simon Tailleu ; his project Sternal Symphonic Society brings together musicians from jazz and classical music in an eleven-person formation that includes Niels Klein , Christoph Möckel , Frederik Köster , Klaus Heidenreich , Pablo Held , Robert Landfermann and Jonas Burgwinkel as well as a string quartet .

Sternal has been teaching jazz theory at the Cologne University of Music and Dance since 2009 and was appointed professor for jazz piano at the Mainz University of Music in April 2011 .

Sternal lives in Cologne-Nippes .

Prizes and awards

In 2007 Sternal received the WDR Jazz Prize as an improviser; In 2010 he won the Concours piano jazz Martial Solal . He was awarded the ECHO Jazz 2013 for his CD Sternal Symphonic Society ; He also received an ECHO Jazz (2016) for the follow-up album Sternal Symphonic Society , which was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in 2015 .

In 2014 Sternal won the New German Jazz Prize with his duo partner Claudius Valk . In 2016 he was awarded the Mainz Jazz Prize.

Discographic notes

  • Jule Unterpann Duo / Sextet: Lil´it (2003)
  • Maxime Bender Sextett feat. David Binney: Open Range (Jazzsick 2008)
  • Sebastian Sternal Trio: Eins (Stockfisch Records 2009)
  • Sebastian Sternal Trio feat. Anne-Marie Jean: Paris (Stockfisch 2010)
  • Dieter Manderscheid & Sebastian Sternal Flussrauchen ( JazzHausMusik 2014)
  • Sebastian Sternal Symphonic Society Vol. 2 ( Traumton Records 2015)

Web links

Commons : Sebastian Sternal  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Inaugural concert
  2. Prize for Sebastian Sternal