Sebastian Knebel Returns to Houston

knebel Sebastian 030Sebastian Knebel returns to Houston for two concerts. Sebastian Knebel will give a harpsichord concert at Christ the King Church on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Sebastian is a well-known keyboard artist from Dresden. Sebastian teams with cellist, Barrett Sills, to offer a repertoire of Johann Sebastian  Bach and Christian Friedrich Bach. The concert will be held in the parish hall. There is no admission charge. A free-will offering will received to offset travel expenses. Sebastian served as organist of Christ the King Church in 2007-2008. His wife Victoria and son Alfred also lived here. In the meantime they have a second son, Konrad. We are sad to report that will not accompany Sebastian on this brief visit.

Sebastian will play the dedicatory concert for the new organ at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Street, on April 27 at 6:00 p.m. The new organ, Opus 23, was built by Pasi Organ Builders of Roy, Washington. The public is invited to this special concert. Sebastian Knebel had his first training in organ building, although he was already organist in several churches in Berlin at the time.

After studies at the Dresden Kirchenmusikschule, he continued his studies at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar and at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, specializing in historical keyboard instruments. In addition to a busy freelance career in Europe, the USA and Mexico playing harpsichord, organ, and pianoforte, he works for the restoration and preservation of historical organs in Saxony and elsewhere. Mr. Knebel has appeared with many period-instrument ensembles, including Salzburg Baroque, Capella de la Torre, Chursaechsische Capelle, and Musica Florea in Prague. He is the harpsichordist of Collegium Marianum Praha, Capella Sagittariana Dresden, the Dresdner Instrumental Concert and the Telemannischen Collegium Michaelstein as well as the artistic director of the ensemble Labia vocalia.