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Music Composition, Music Theory, Solfege and Improvisation.

I specialized in contemporary music composition in Bucharest, Birmingham and Paris having finished with honors my Bachelor, my Master and my Doctorate degree in this field. I also have a pedagogical degree and 2 years of experience in which I taught music composition, musical forms, poliphony, orchestration, music theory and solfege at the National University of Music from Bucharest. I am now doing a 2nd Master in Film Music Composition at the ZHdK.

This class is for both beginners who want to compose music as a hobby and to aspiring professional composers. The main topic of my doctoral thesis was the compositional idea and the processes involved in the creative undertakings. How does one reach the final stage of a composition from just a few ideas? How can we improve this endeavour? What strategies and techniques are needed in order to do that?

The class will be customized for each student so in order to achieve a certain objective in music composition the lessons can include elements of music theory, harmony, poliphony, orchestration, improvisation, music notation (Finale) and music production (StudioOne).

Although solfege and improvisation are extremely useful (I dare say even indispensable) for a professional composer, they can also be means to an end for passionate music lovers. Solfege and strategies that come with it can help your singing and music sight reading. And improvisation is such a fun and relaxing activity that I think everybody should do it!

Location

Online via webcam
At teacher's location: Brunnenwiesenstrasse, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
At student's location: Around Zurich, Switzerland

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Age:
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
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Duration:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Romanian

About Me

Sebastian (b. 1989) is a multi-award-winning composer who writes both contemporary concert music and soundtracks for theater, film and video games.

He studied music composition in Romania, Great Britain, and France, his music being performed all around the world by established ensembles and orchestras. He finished his Ph.D. in 2018 at the National University of Music from Bucharest, having Dan Dediu as his doctoral advisor and long-time mentor.

Obtaining two Erasmus scholarships, he studied composition with Stefano Gervasoni during his doctoral studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse and with Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton and Ed Bennett during his Masters at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is now doing a 2nd Master in Zürich at the
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Music Composition for Film, Theatre, and Media.

He won over 30 prizes and awards in music composition among which there is the „Golden Eye” trophy offered by Zurich Film Festival (2018) and the „George Enescu Grand Prix” (2014).

Convinced of the idea that there is always room for improvement, Sebastian attended in numerous masterclasses lead by important composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Isabel Mundry, Agustín Fernández, Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Ayres, Christopher Fox, Mario Garuti, Laurence Crane, Hanna Kulenty, Errollyn Wallen, Gavin Bryars, Thierry Huillet, Cornel Taranu, Michael Hersch, Gabriel Iranyi, Jörg Widmann, Peter Ruzicka, Adrian Pop, Bernard Cavanna, Miklós Maros, Zygmunt Krauze, Hubert Stuppner, Philip Cashian, and Aurel Stroe.

In 2018 he obtained a position of professor at the National University of Music from Bucharest teaching music composition, orchestration, musical forms, and solfege. In 2022 he finished a 2nd Masters in Music Composition for Film, Theatre, and Media in Zurich at the ZHdK. In the same year he was awarded the `Composer Award` offered by the International Classical Music Awards.

Education

Master of Arts (Composition for Film, Theatre and Media) - Zürcher Hochshule der Künste
Doctor in Music (Composition) - The National University of Music from Bucharest
Master in Music (Composition) - The National University of Music from Bucharest
Bacheror in Music (Composition) - The National University of Music from Bucharest

Erasmus exchanges in:

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (2017)
Birmingham Conservatoire (2013)

Experience / Qualifications

Composition teacher at Thinkspace (2019 - present)
Universitary assistent at the National University of Music from Bucharest (2015-2019)

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