Sebastian Dumitrescu (born 1989,Bucharest, Romania) lives in Finland since 2003. He has studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Tapio Nevanlinna and Juhani Nuorvala, graduating with the Master of Music degree in 2015. His studies also included an Erasmus exchange inViennawith Karlheinz Essl. He has also had private lessons with Hans-Peter Kyburz, Peter Bruun, Michael Finnissy, Hans Abrahamsen, Brian Ferneyhough and Sampo Haapamäki. He has participated in composition workshops at Musiikin Aika festival in Viitasaari, Finland(2008, 2009, 2015), George Enescu international festival in Bucharest, Romania(2011), Esbjerg Ensemble composition workshop, Esbjerg,Denmark(2012), Ereprijs ensemble, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and Pasimusic festival in Kuopio,Finland(2015).
Some of his recent works are Super Good Time!, a video game with electric guitar and electric bass accompaniment, performed at the Musica Nova festival, Suvilahti, Helsinki, February 2013; Fantasia for four-handed 31-tone pipe organ, performed by Ere Lievonen and Susanne Kujala on the microtonal Fokker organ at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij, Amsterdam, March 2014; and Fomalhaut for orchestra, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in theUNM festival, Oslo, August 2013.
In 2014 he was commissioned a work for jazz singer, jazz trio and orchestra. It was performed in June 2015 by Elena Mîndru ensemble and the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic, Cluj, Romania. In October 2015 he conducted the premiere of his work double pendulum for quarter-tone septet inKuopio,Finland, at the Pasimusic festival.
Sebastian has many years been an active member of the Helsinki-based young composers’ society “Ears Open”. He plays the electric bass in the recently formed Ears Open improvisation ensemble.