Sebastian Manz


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Sebastian Manz, international soloist, chamber musician and solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, had his big breakthrough with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008.  He wins not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. With his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months before. Since then, he was awarded thrice with the ECHO Classic Award for his outstanding album releases. For his recording A Bernstein Story from 2019 he received the OPUS Classic Award in October 2020.

In season 2020/2021 Sebastian Manz performs as a soloist with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Hessian State Orchestra Wiesbaden and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. He is also invited to Japan by the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as well as by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, USA. As part of a new recording of Copland’s clarinet concerto (Berlin Classics), he will be touring with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and chief conductor Case Scaglione.

On the chamber music field, he gives performances together with Robert Neumann, Felix Klieser, Martin Klett and Sebastian Studnitzky as well as with ensembles as the Boulanger Trio, the Danish String Quartet and the Armida Quartett among others. He will be playing at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and several festivals as the prestigious festival Heidelberger Frühling, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the festival Musikalischer Sommer Ostfriesland. In Spring 2021 he is invited to the winter festival of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Sebastian Manz demonstrates a unique talent for arranging and composing on his albums and at his concerts. His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz’ intuition for details and overarching concepts. The album A Bernstein Story, released in 2019 (Berlin Classics) as a collaboration with Sebastian Studnitzky, presents arrangements as well as original compositions of both musicians and is placed in between classical and jazz music. Manz’ new album with clarinet concertos from Carl Nielsen and Magnus Lindberg was released in the beginning of September 2020 on Berlin Classics and received enthusiastic reviews. For this recording, Magnus Lindberg conducts his clarinet concerto himself.

Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, born in Hanover in 1986, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He begins singing in a boys’ choir at the age of six. He first learns the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrates on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E flat major Concerto, which fascinates him and awakes a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters are the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle.

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Solo-/Double Concertos

  • Baermann, Heinrich Joseph (1784-1847):
    Adagio D flat major for Clarinet and String Orchestra
  • Bassi, Luigi (1833-1871):
    Fantasia da concerto on themes of Verdi’s Rigoletto
  • Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990):
    „Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for everyone“ für Clarinet and Big Band
  • Brossé, Dirk (*1960):
    „War Concerto“ for Clarinet and Orchester (or Wind Orchestra)
  • Bruch, Max (1838-1920):
    Double concerto op. 88 für Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra
  • Copland, Aaron (1900-1990):
    Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano
  • Crusell, Bernhard Henrik (1775-1838):
    Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air op. 12
  • Crusell, Bernhard Henrik (1775-1838):
    Concerto No. 1 in E flat major op. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Debussy, Claude (1862-1918):
    Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848):
    Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Eötvös, Peter (*1944):
    „Levitation“ for 2 Clarinets and String Orchestra (+ Accordion)
  • Francaix, Jean (1912-1997):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Francaix, Jean (1912-1997):
    „Tema con Variazioni“ for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Gershwin, George (1898-1937):
    „Promenade – Walking The Dog“ (arr. Manz) for Clarinet and String Orchestra (+Piano)
  • Giampieri, Alamiro (1893-1963):
    „Il Carnevale di venezia“ for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Hartmann, Karl Amadeus (1905-1963):
    Chamber Concerto for Clarinet, String Quartet and String Orchestra
  • Hoffmeister, Franz Anton (1754-1812):
    Concerto in B flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Hoffmeister, Franz Anton (1754-1812):
    Double Concerto in B flat major for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Krommer, Franz (1759-1831):
    Concerto E flat major op. 36 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Lindberg, Magnus (1958):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Mann, Johann Gottfried Hendrik (1858-1904):
    Concerto op. 90 for Clarinet and Orchestra (1898)
  • Mendelssohn – Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847):
    Concerto piece No. 1 f minor, op. 113 for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Orchestra
  • Mendelssohn – Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847):Concerto Piece No. 2 d minor, op. 114 for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Orchestra
  • Messager, André (1853-1929):
    „Solo de concours“ for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974):
    „Scaramouche“ for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra A major, KV 622
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791):
    „Sinfonia Concertante“ for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791):
    Adagio F major KV 580a for Clarinet and String Orchestra (arr. Manz)
  • Nielsen, Carl (1865-1931):
    Concerto op. 57 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Pleyel, Ignaz (1757-1831):
    Concerto B flat majorfor Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Rietz, Julius (1812-1877):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra G minor, op. 29
  • Rosetti, Antonio (1750-1792):
    Concerto No. 1 E flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868):
    Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Saine-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921):
    „Tarantella“ op. 6 for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Spohr, Louis (1784-1859):
    Concerto No. 4 E minor WoO 20 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Stamitz, Carl (1745-1801):
    Concerto No. 3 B flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Stamitz, Carl (1745-1801):
    Concerto No. 7 E flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Stamitz, Carl (1745-1801):
    Concerto No. 10 E flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Stamitz, Carl (1745-1801):
    Concerto for Basset Horn and Orchestra
  • Stamitz, Johann (1717-1757):
    Concerto B major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Strauss, Richard (1864-1949):
    Duett – Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Strawinksy, Igor (1882-1971):
    „L’Histoire du Soldat“
  • Tansman, Alexandre (1897-1986):
    Concertino (1952) for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings
  • Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826):
    Concertino op. 26 E flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Weber, C. M. v. (1786-1826):
    Concerto No. 1 f – minor op.73 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Weber, C. M. v. (1786-1826):
    Concerto No. 2 E flat major op. 74 for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Weber, C. M. v. (1786-1826):
    Clarinet Quintet B flat major op. 34 for Clarinet and String Orchestra
  • Westerhoff, Christian Wilhelm (1763-1806):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra B flat major
  • Westerhoff, Christian Wilhelm (1763-1806):
    Double Concerto B flat major for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Yun, Isang (1917-1995): Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1981)
  • Zuraj, Vito (*1979):
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2008)


Trailer for “Clarinet Concertos – Nielsen & Lindberg” (2020)

Teaser for “Clarinet Concertos – Nielsen & Lindberg” (2020): Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto

Trailer for “A Bernstein Story” from Sebastian Manz and STUDNITZKY (2019)

Sebastian Manz and STUDNITZKY at ttt – titel thesen temperamente

Teaser for Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Clarinet

Sebastian Manz & Friends
George Gershwin: „Promenade – Walk the Dog“

Artist’s Comment: Sebastian Manz about his Solo in Carl Nielsens Clarinet Concerto (SWR Classic)

Franz Krommer: Clarinet Quartet – Rondo by Sebastian Manz


Clarinet Concertos – Nielsen & Lindberg

Aktuelle CD

Father Copland

Aktuelle CD

A Bernstein Story

Einzigartiges Projekt zwichen Jazz und Klassik



Carl Maria von Weber

Complete Works for clarinet

Fuchs & Brahms

Clarinet Quintets

In Rhythm

Gershwin, Reich, Piazzolla, Copland, Templeton, Villa-Lobos, Bernstein, Milhaud

Mozart und Beethoven



Hendrik Gottfried Mann (1858 – 1904)


Welcome to my world of arranging and composing. Many years ago, I discovered a passionfor rewriting, changing and expanding great works of music for other instruments or using it as an inspiration in the creation of my own work. In a way, even at the beginning of my music studies in 2003, I was already being confronted with the art of arranging music through the numerous performance opportunities, in which there was a desire for something other than the original clarinet repertoire. I’ve learned a great deal over the years and am constantly exploring new ways of broadening my knowledge. In the meantime, a lot has accumulated in my database, which I want to work through and make available at no cost to people around the world.

My top priority always remains unchanged: I treat the original work with great respect, without letting any artistic/moral concerns or limitations stand in the way. I see this as my artistic license, my right both as arranger and performer.

I would be very grateful to you, as well as the promoters, for any mention or reference to me as arranger/composer!

If you have any comments, information (e.g., any obvious errors), requests for changes, ideas or questions, please write to me via my contact form.


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