About Sebastian Zinca

Sebastian Zinca will never forget the life changing moment, at the age of 13, when he first heard the music of J.S. Bach, marking the beginning of a profound love of classical music. He began conducting years later during his double bass bachelor’s studies at the Juilliard School. At 21, he became music director of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra at Fordham University. At 22, he assembled an orchestra of top young musicians in New York, giving concerts characterized by cross-genre collaborations, world premiers, and fresh interpretations of the classic orchestral literature.


Currently, Sebastian studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland with Sakari Oramo. During his studies, he has conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Pori Sinfonietta, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, as well as regular concerts with the Sibelius Academy Conductors’ Orchestra. In April 2019, he made his opera debut in Helsinki with a production of Handel’s Alcina. He has additionally conducted the North Czech Philharmonic, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, and the Berlin Sinfonietta. In 2019, he was a fellow at the Aspen Conducting Academy and in 2018, he won the President’s Prize at the European Music Academy.


Sebastian is born in Miami, Florida to Romanian and Peruvian parents. Since moving to Finland he has developed an enormous appreciation for sunshine.