Sebastian Casleanu

He was born in Münster to a family with a long musical tradition and at the age of six he started playing the violin with his father. He was a student of great pedagogues such as Prof. Zakhar Bron (Hochschule für Musik Cologne) and did his postgraduate studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz with Prof. Boris Kushnir.

He plays regularly in concerts around the world and has made recordings for radio and television in Germany, Romania and Australia. He holds scholarships and has received numerous awards, including the Jugend musiziert (Germany) and Enescu Competitin (Romania). He was the first concertmaster of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz in Ludwigshafen and he is currently the first concertmaster of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg.

Since 2012 Sebastian is the primarius of the Giocoso String Quartet with which he has studied chamber music at the Musik Universität Wien (in the class of Professor Johannes Meissl). Among others, they have been awarded the 2nd Peter Druce Audience Award, the Musica Viva Australia Prize at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the “Jeunesses Musicales Prize” at the ARD Competition, the HSBC-prize at the “Aix-en-Provence” Festival, the 1st prize in the Windisch competition in Vienna, the EconGas-prize in the ISA-competition, while they have also participated in NASOM (New Austrian Sound of Music) and ECMA.