Sebastian Sternal
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Sebastian Sternal (*1983)

ECHO jazz awards (2018, 2016, 2013); Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2015; Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis 2014; Concours piano jazz Martial Solal 2012 (Paris); WDR Jazz prize 2007 (Cologne); Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Studies of jazz piano and composition in Cologne and Paris, with Hubert Nuss, Joachim Ullrich, Hervé Sellin and John Taylor; long-time member and teacher at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra 'BuJazzO' (under Peter Herbolzheimer).

Sebastian Sternal has worked with jazz greats like Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Binney and John Riley. Concerts tours has lead him to the USA, to Namibia, South Africa, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Poland, Bulgaria und Albania.

With his trio he released two albums, 'Eins' (2009) and 'Paris' (2010), and he plays in the quartet 'Die Verwandlung' of trumpet player Frederik Köster and in duo with saxophone players Claudius Valk and Will Vinson (New York). His project 'Sternal Symphonic Society' (Traumton Records 2012) brings together outstanding young musicians from both classical and jazz backgrounds in an 11-piece 'symphonic combo'. 2017 saw the release of his highly acclaimed trio album „Home“ with Larry Grenadier and Jonas Burgwinkel: „early candidate for album of the year“ (Jazzthing) -„intensive masterpiece“ (Stereoplay).

Sternal holds a professorship for jazz piano at 'Hochschule für Musik Mainz' and teaches jazz theory at 'Hochschule für Musik Köln'.