Born in Unna (Germany) in 1971, Sebastian Tewinkel started his violin and general music studies at the Hannover University of Music and Drama. He then continued at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts with Thomas Ungar, graduating with a mark of distinction and supplementing with master courses given by Gianluigi Gelmetti and Sir Colin Davis. After his studies Sebastian Tewinkel was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in Berlin and admitted to the patronage programme "Dirigentenforum" of the "Deutscher Musikrat". Shortly after, he succeeded in winning two important competitons: in 2000 he received the first (and only) prize at the International Conducting Competition of the foundation "Fundação Oriente" at Lisbon, and in 2001 he won the Conductors Award in Bad Homburg. Already early in his career, Sebastian Tewinkel conducted numerous well-known orchestras, among them the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmony Hannover, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as Russia and Japan. With the start of the 2002-03 season, he was appointed Music Director and Chief Conductor of the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. He broadened the range of stylistic versatility and developed new programmes for this ensemble of long-standing tradition. Besides working with the Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, Sebastian Tewinkel continues conducting large orchestras. He was invited by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Hamamatsu Philharmonic in Japan, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Lisbon Metroplitan Orchestra for concerts, CD and broadcasting productions alike.