Sebastian Manz


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Sebastian Manz’ stylistic and tonal range is not only reflected in his career as a soloist and chamber music partner, but also in the variety of musical forms and formats, which he attempts and develops within most different projects.

His big breakthrough comes with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where 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.

He has been solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.

In season 2019/2020 Sebastian Manz performs as a soloist with the Camerata Salzburg, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg and the Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. On the chamber music field, he gives performances in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schloss Elmau, the Reitstadel Neumarkt, at the festival Kasseler Musiktage, the prestigious festival Heidelberger Frühling, the Jazzfestival Viersen, collaborating with Sebastian Studnitzky, Herbert Schuch, Sarah Christian, Julian Steckel, the wind quintet variation5, the Danish String Quartet and the Armida Quartett among others. As a member of “The Bower’s Program” he is once again guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, also playing a USA tour with other CMS members.

Time and again, 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. In August 2019 he released his most recent album A Bernstein Story as a collaboration with Sebastian Studnitzky, placed in between classical and jazz music. In February 2017 Sebastian Manz’ recording of the complete clarinet works by Carl Maria von Weber was published and later on included in the ranking of the “German Record Critics”:

“This complete recording of the Works for Clarinet by Carl Maria von Weber is captivating from beginning to end. Sebastian Manz […] subtly explores his part, distinguishing himself as a virtuoso of his instrument. Technical brilliance, richly nuanced tone, flowing cantability and melodic beauty are delightfully entwined with a playful and creative approach. […] A seamless recording, fresh and flawless.” (For the jury: Norbert Hornig).

With this album he was also awarded the ECHO Classic award in the category “Concert recording of the year” (Music of the 19thcentury).

Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz is active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. Furthermore, he was appointed artistic director of the festival :alpenartein 2018.

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)


Teaser for Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Clarinet

Sebastian Manz & Martin Klett
Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and piano

Sebastian Manz
Edison Denisov: Sonata for Clarinet Solo

James Taylor: That lonesome road

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

Carl Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto with Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

Sebastian Manz on tour with the dogma chamber orchestra

Trailer for In Rythm – American Swing for Clarinet & Piano
with Martin Klett


A Bernstein Story

Aktuelle CD



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)


Christian Wilhelm Westerhoff (1763 – 1806)


Werke von Brahms, Berg, Debussy, Lutoslawsi und Yun


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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