Leading an active musical life in various areas of the industry, Sebastian Bäverstam is a composer, cellist, and pianist as well as an improviser, conductor, and streamer. Bäverstam has been performing publicly since the age of 6 with his first recital at Harvard’s Dunster House along side his family who called themselves “The Bäverstam Chamber Players”.
A winner of numerous awards as a cellist such as the Concert Artists Guild competition in 2010, and the Boston Symphony concerto competition in 2006, Bäverstam has now made his foray into a double career as performer on both cello and piano as well as a composer.
Bäverstam attended the New England Conservatory where he studied with cellist Paul Katz from the Cleveland Quartet. He studied composition privately with Alla Elena Cohen of Berklee college, and then studied in Stockholm with Per Mårtensson at the Royal Conservatory of Stockholm.
Bäverstam has put forth a new genre of music drawing from both classical and popular styles. He calls this style “vangaurd”, describing it as “post film and modern opera, the next evolution of music in the 21st century”.
With the advent of the pandemic, he took his newly finished cello concerto online and will release a fully orchestrated recording of the piece in 2021. Known online as “bulletproofcello” Bäverstam regularly performs on his twitch stream with pianist Constantine Finehouse and drummer Austin McMahon. Other items to watch for in 2021 are his new studio album with Finehouse featuring Brahms, Shostakovich and Bäverstam titled “Midnight Oil” along with Bäverstam’s first completed piano sonata with performances beginning in fall 2021.
Undergraduate Diploma, New England Conservatory of Music. June, 2011.
Cello with Paul Katz, Ronald Feldman, Andrew Pearce, Yeesun Kim, Andrés Díaz, Richard Aaron.
Master classes with Timothy Eddy, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Martha Gershefsky, Orlando Cole, Stephen Doane, Alexander Bailee, Ralph Kirshbaum.
Highest Level Certificate with Honors, New England Conservatory Preparatory School. June, 2007. Boston, MA.
Ravinia Festival 2012; Verbier Festival & Academy 1999, 2006 & 2007; Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Blonay, Switzerland 2006; Carteret Cello Festival Normandie, France 2006; Encore Music Festival 2005 & 2003; Rockport Maine Festival Next Generation Concerts 2003 & 2004; Greenwood Music Camp 1997-2002 & 2004.
Composition with Larry Bell, Rodney Lister, Alla Cohen. Piano with Margaret Bachelder.
Composition master classes with Gunther Schuller, Donald Martino, John Harbison.
Awards and Competitions:
2010 Winner Concert Artists Guild International Competition
2006 First Prize Boston Symphony Concerto Competition
2006 Johansson International String Competition, Best Interpretation of
2006 Harvard Music Association Young Artist Award
2005-2006 Featured Artist in Brookline Friends of Chamber Music Series
2005 Featured Young Artist for Williamstown Chamber Music Concerts
2004 New England Chamber Music Foundation Winner for Shostakovich interpretation
2004 First Prize Quincy Symphony Concerto Competition
2003-2004 First Prize Newton Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
2003-2004 First Prize Brockton Symphony Concerto Competition
2003 First Prize Concord Symphony Concerto Competition
2002-2003 and 2000-2001 First Prize New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competitions
2019, April. Premiere of original work for sextet at the Royal Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Stockholm in Sweden.
2019, August. Solo recital at the Atheneum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
2019, March. Premiere of original cello concerto reduction at the Mazer Chamber Music Society in Stockholm, Sweden.
2018, March. Performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Mclean Symphony Orchestra in Virginia.
2016, October. Performed full recital with ensemble Zubabu at Grace Episcopal Church in Virginia.
2015, June. Performed at the Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano in Saõ Paulo, Brazil.
2014, December. Performed full recital at the Wiener Saal, Mozarteum.
2013, November. Performed Elgar Cello Concerto with Chicago University Orchestra.
2011, January. Performed debut recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall.
2008, January. Performed Beethoven Triple Concerto with Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
2007, May and June. Performed Dvorak Concerto with New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston’s Jordan Hall and on tour in China.
2007, March. Performed full recital as winner of Harvard Music Association Award.
2007, January. Performed Schumann Cello Concerto as substitute for Lynn Harrell with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.