Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, Sebastián Forster has touched audiences and
reached the souls of those lucky to hear him play live, lifting the musical
experience to new levels of emotional engagement.
"I have had several most welcome opportunities to hear Mr. Foster play, and these experiences have been
almost rhapsodic - I have seldom been as deeply moved and impressed by a young
musical artist's passion and skill - He is a true genius whose musical talent is matched by an
energizing charisma that I'm convinced will make him increasingly popular and
influential among audiences".
- Harold Holzer (The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, NYC)
Sebastián made his international professional debut with the Concertgebouw
Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's piano Concerto #23, which was recorded
live on BMG's prestige Victor Red Seal label.
Since then, his international
career includes tours as a soloist and recordings performing with the:
Berlin Symphonic Orchestra;
Budapest Concert Orchestra
Linz Brucker Orchestra;
Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires;
Radio State Ukrainian Orchestra;
National Symphony Orchestra of Buenos
Flemish Radio Orchestra.
Between others, touring the U.S.A.,
Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Argentina,
Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and the Czezh Republic, among other countries.
"His mastery of technique is first rate. His knowledge of the major works of the
classics, and his professional repertoire is of the highest caliber. What puts
him head and shoulders above many other pianists, however, is his expressiveness
and originality of emotion with which he performs piano pieces of the classical
vein. His performances of certain concertos by Mozart and Beethoven are some of
the finest of these works that have ever been recorded. His ability to convey
the most subtle of nuances in these pieces is what separates him from the merely
good pianist performing today. The originality of his interpretation put him in
an internationally select class"
- Mr. Tamal Gal, Music Director and
Conductor of MAV Symphony Orchestra, and Professor at Liszt Music Academy.
Performing publicly since the age of ten, Sebastián studied with Maestro Aldo
Antognazzi, a former pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangelli, who was a descendant
of Franz Liszt. He participated in master classes in Hungary at the Liszt
Academy of Budapest, and lived for long periods of time in The Netherlands, where he
regularly performed at the world-famous Concertgebouw Hall.
At "Sala Verdi" in Milan (Italy), he gave a solo recital which included the
works of Liszt, Mozart and Prokofiev. Antonio Mormone, President and Artistic
Director of the "Fondazione La Società Di Concerti" and organizer of the event,
said: "he is one of a handful of truly great pianists today. His touch is
commanding but subtle at the same time. He can express the most adventuresome
and bold statements, but he is also capable of performing the most intricate and
delicate passages in classical music. For example, in a concert he gave here at
our hall, his work ranged from the jagged and wild rhythms of Liszt's Mephisto
Waltz, to the staid, stately and majestic tones of Prokofiev Sonata n.7. He
His extraordinary emotional intelligence and "highest level of musicianship" ...
not only make him "flawless in technique, sense of rhythm and tempo, but most
significantly, his originality in interpretation is absolutely wonderful"
- (S.Spreng, Miami Herald) but has allowed him as well to shine high with many
different genres, and specially when performing and breathing the music of his
beloved Godfather, with whom he spent summer holidays in Punta del Este, the
extraordinary and revolutionary Astor Piazzolla.
Sebastián is the founding member of the "Astor Piazzolla Foundation Trio", with
which he toured Belgium, The Netherlands, U.S.A. and Argentina, and recorded the
"Nácar Concerto" with the Argentinian Mayo Chamber Orchestra. Astor was of great
influence in his career and beginnings, from helping him choosing his first
piano at a very early age, to empowering his talents with guidance and
Beethoven and Piazzolla live inside Sebastián with grand mastery and passion, as
well as his extraordinary educational activity with the goal of bringing the
musical universe of children out, teaching them, at an early age, the unlimited
possibilities of self-expression through music. He is Faculty at the Piano
School of New York City since 2005, and lives with his wife and seven-year old
In 2009 Sebastián Forster ventured into accomplishing a lifetime-legacy major
project of immense proportions: the recording of The 32 Complete Piano Sonatas
of Ludwig van Beethoven, in an ongoing creative effort conceptually started
three years ago. He will be recording the ongoing work of Beethoven through ten
albums, during 2009, 2010 and possibly 2011.
Sebastián is a true Beethovenian, he breathes and experiences Beethoven's every
single emotion, of true love, drama, passion, desperation, beauty and darkness.
Living Beethoven with every key stroke is an experience of monumental inner
impact, only at reach for the daring soul and the truly talented soloist. This
is a great opportunity to hear Beethoven as it was never heard before, getting
lost in the world of invigorating ideas and emotional virtuosity that has made
Sebastián Forster one of the outstanding interpreters of the classical
repertoire currently working on the world stage today.
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