Patrick Sepec, born in 1969 in Frankfurt am Main, studied violoncello from 1990 – 1997 with Thomas Demenga and Reinhard Latzko at the Basel University of Music. After his concert diploma cum laude, he began an intensive encounter with baroque violoncello in the class of Christophe Coin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since that time historical performing practices of Early Music have been a stable aspect of his artistic endeavors. He works regularly with internationally renowned ensembles (Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Anima eterna, La Stagione, Al Ayre Español) under conductors such as René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Immerseel, Eduardo Banzo and Marcus Creed.
Under Ivor Bolton he was often continuo cellist in productions of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In 2014 Patrick Sepec was invited to play continuo cello with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Bernard Labadie. Since 2013 he has regularly played first cello with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble under Marc Minkowski, and in 2017 he was continuo cellist in numerous productions for the orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince Monaco, founded by Cecilia Bartoli.
In addition, Sepec is a member of the Ensemble Les Cornets Noirs, which is dedicated especially to Italian and German music of the 17th century.
Here he plays both baroque violoncello and viola da gamba. The latter instrument has found a progressively more important place in his concert activities since his master’s studies with Imke David at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar (2010 – 2015). On the modern violoncello Patrick Sepec was first chair in the Hamburg Ensemble Resonanz (2001 – 2008), which has particularly established a name for itself in the field of modern and contemporary music.
Translated from the German by Ray Carson Russell and Lucy Hallman Russell
Friday, 10.05.2019, 8 p.m., Notre Dame: Opening Concert