About Sebastian Zinca
Sebastian Zinca has conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the North Czeck Philharmonic, and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic. In 2019, he made his opera debut in Helsinki with a production of Handel’s Alcina. He won the President’s Prize at the 2018 European Music Academy, and in 2019 was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. He is currently finishing his studies at the Sibelius Academy as a student of Sakari Oramo He earned his bachelor’s degree in double bass at the Juilliard School.
His relationship to classical music began after falling in love with the music of J.S. Bach at the age of 13. His earlier love for other genres however, has persisted, and remains an active part of his musicianship both on and off the podium. Early on in his conducting career he assembled an orchestra of top young musicians in New York, playing concerts characterized by cross-genre collaborations, and world premiers, in addition to the classic orchestral literature. An accomplished double bassist, he has played with several professional orchestras and has toured internationally with top youth orchestras. He continues to play as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and singer/songwriter.
As a Gluck Community Service Fellow, Sebastian has played over 40 concerts in hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. He has volunteered as teacher and performer with the Heartbeat Music Project and with Juilliard’s ArtReach, working with children on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and in New Orleans, respectively.
Sebastian is born in Miami, Florida to Romanian and Peruvian parents. Since moving to Finland he has developed an enormous appreciation for sunshine.