Sebastian de Leeuw
bas-bariton - klavecinist dirigent

   SINGING

As a singer, Sebastian began his career by taking lessons with Sara Klein Horsman and Felix Schoonenboom. After a preliminary year with Harry van Berne, he studied a bachelor at the Utrecht Conservatory with Jón Thorsteinsson, while also taking lessons with Charlotte Margiono and Peter Bording. He nowadays specialises in early music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, under the expertise of Peter Kooij, Michael Chance, Pascal Bertin and Rita Dams.  

At a young age, Sebastian debuted as a vocal soloist in a series of Bach cantatas in Zwolle. Later engagements included main opera roles in the Dutch premier of A.L. Moreira's opera A Vingança da Cigana (1794) and Rameau's Les Indes Galantes under the baton of Sébastien Marq, as well as a scenic performance of Bach's Johannespassion with the Dutch Touring Opera, and Bach motets led by Ton Koopman.  

   HARPSICHORD

After his first harpsichord lessons with Tineke Steenbrink, Sebastian took up a second bachelor's degree with Siebe Henstra and was coached in performance practice and chamber music by specialists like Viola de Hoog, Adam Woolf and Wilbert Hazelzet. He now performs regularly as chef de chant, continuo player and accompanist, and with ensembles like 'T Kabinet, Utrecht City Opera and the Kammerphilharmonie Emsland. He also gave solo recitals in the Netherlands, Paris, Berlin and Rome.  

   CONDUCTING

Sebastian studied conducting with Rob Vermeulen and Servaas Schreuders, as well as historical performance practice with Iakovos Pappas in Paris. He has since conducted performances of works by Charpentier, Keiser and J.S. Bach, Monteverdi's Selva Morale e Spirituale, Stabat Maters by d'Astorga, Steffani and Bononcini, as well as Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and Händel's Apollo e Dafne. He is currently conductor-in-residence at Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht.