Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, born in Hanover in 1986, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He begins singing in a boys’ choir at the age of six. He first learns the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrates on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E flat major Concerto, which fascinates him and awakes a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters are the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle.
His big breakthrough comes with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he wins not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. With his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months previously. He has been solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.
In the 2018/2019 season he performed with the wind ensemble Variation5 in Cologne, Lindau, Nienburg, Viersen and Switzerland, among others, before playing the clarinet concertos of Carl Maria von Weber and Aaron Copland as soloist with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In Australia he gave his first concert at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and in spring 2019 four concerts as part of the “The Bowers Program” of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. As a soloist, he gave a guest performance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin and the Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in various formations on the stages of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Kieler Schloss.
His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz’s intuition for details and overarching concepts. Time and again, he demonstrates a unique talent for arranging and composing on his albums and at his concerts. Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz is active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. Furthermore, he was appointed artistic director of the festival :alpenarte in 2018.