Sébastian è 1° flauto della prestigiosa Gewandhaus Orchestra di Lipsia. Artista unico nel suo genere, è stato descritto dalla critica come una Rock Star del flauto. Si afferma come uno dei flautisti più brillanti della sua generazione vincendo primi premi ai concorsi più rinomati al mondo: Kobe International Flute Competition 2013, Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition 2014, ARD Munich 2015. Sébastian inizia un’ intensa carriera solistica con Orchestre quali: Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony, Munich Chamber, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Kansai Philharmonic, Thai Philharmonic, Kobe City Chamber, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Mannheim. La sua carriera orchestrale inizia nel 2006 quando vince il posto di assistant principal flute alla Hong Kong Philharmonic, a soli 19 anni, e nel 2008 viene invitato dal M° Ozawa a far parte della Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in qualità di 1° flauto. Suona con l’Ensemble Contrechamps, e allo stesso tempo si esibisce con orchestre quali: Mozart (Abbado, Haitink), Mahler Chamber (Honeck) Munich Chamber, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Denève) Swedish Radio Symphony (Harding) Rotterdam Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilarmonie, Mito Chamber (Ozawa). Tiene inoltre masterclass in tutto il mondo. Anche se il flauto occupa la maggior parte del suo tempo, Sébastian è un artista a tutto tondo; è diplomato anche in Sax, è stato campione di pattinaggio artistico, e per molti anni ha fatto anche l’acrobata; tutto ciò con la convinzione che il corpo è la mente sono assolutamente legati in qualsiasi forma artistica. Questo interesse per musica e sport è condiviso nella sua famiglia: tutti i suoi fratelli sono musicisti e acrobati e spesso si esibiscono insieme in concerti e spettacoli che uniscono musica e movimento, l’ultimo dei quali si è svolto a Ginevra, accompagnati dall’ Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.
Sébastian is currently working as First Principal Flute of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. A unique artist of his genre, he was described as “a flute rock star” after gaining this acclaimed role. Sebastian’s reached this prestigious position after aﬃrming himself as one of the most brilliant flutists of his generation winning first prizes in the most highly regarded flute competitions across the world: Kobe International Flute Competition 2013, Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition 2014, Munich ARD Music Competition 2015. After winning competitions Sébastian began developing his career performing as a soloist with the following orchestras: Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Thai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Mannheim, Gstaad Menuhin Academy Orchestra, Osnabruck Theater Orchestra. As an orchestral member he started in 2006 winning the position of assistant principal flute at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, when he was just 19, and in 2008 at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa he joined the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra as principal flute. After returning to Europe he deepened his knowledge of contemporary music, playing with the Ensemble Contrechamps, and began to freelance for Orchestre Mozart (C.Abbado, B.Haitink) Mahler Chamber Orchestra (M.Honeck) Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (S.Denève) Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (D.Harding) Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, NDR Elbphilarmonie Orchestra.
More recently Sebastian has played with the Mito Chamber Orchestra (S.Ozawa) and has toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra (I.Fischer). His orchestral work has taken him to venues across the world: Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Suntory Hall, KKL Luzern, Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, Philharmonie de Paris and many others. Sébastian has always loved to be part of an orchestra, which he sees as a vital part of his professional growth, enjoying the opportunities of working with conductors of excellence such as: Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Bloomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Simon Rattle, Heinz Holliger, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas.Apart from his orchestral experience Sébastian regularly gives solo recitals for important festivals (Rheingau Musik Festival, Wartburg Festival) and explores a wide range of chamber music repertoire together with other artists. He has appeared with recital partners such as Agnès Clément, Philippe Tondre, Lucas Buclin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the following venues: Zurich Tonhalle, Giovanni Agnelli Auditorium-Lingotto, Taipei National Theater, Tokyo Kioi Hall. A significant part of his life is dedicated to teaching and holding Masterclasses, enthusiastically passing on professional and personal skills with passion and instinct. He’s often called to be a Jury member for various competitions including: Cluj International Music Competition, Singapore Flute Festival and Conservatoire de Genève. Studio and live recordings of Sebastian’s work have been widely appreciated. “Sébastian Jacot is simply amazing. His first of what I expect to be of many recordings. It’s a highly desirable addition to any flute concerto collection”
(Ronald E. Grames) “The Swiss flutist Sébastian Jacot explains Ferneyhough’s unplayable solo piece Cassandra’s dream song. He leads us through a rugged note mountain range and oﬀers breathtaking views” (C.Schmitz). The flute fills up most of Sébastian’s time, but he likes to be considered as a fully rounded artist, having acquired a diploma in saxophone, and being an ice-skating champion and acrobat, which developed his conviction that body and mind are intrinsically united in any performance art.
He’s presently participating as a dancer, acrobat and musician in the 1001 Lives project by choreographer Juliette Rahon. This interest in physical activities, acrobatics and sports, comes from his childhood. As the eldest of six children who also became professional musicians, he still develops projects with them, combining circus skills and music. Sébastian Jacot plays a rare wooden Haynes from 1999 and a 14k Parmenon.