Sebastien Ammann

Instrument you teach: Piano

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Drums, occasional singing

Education: Institut Jacques Dalcroze (Geneva, CH), Concervatoire de Genève (CH), AMR/CPM Jazz School (Geneva, CH), Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens, NY)

Where are you from? Geneva, Switzerland

Favorite age group to teach: 9-18

Favorite style of music to teach: Classical, jazz, pop

Favorite song: Thriller (Michael Jackson)

Favorite piece of music: Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor (Leon Fleisher / Cleveland Orchestra / George Szell)

Favorite food:  Thai soups

Favorite color: Green

What’s your favorite musical memory? Playing at the Festival de jazz de Marignac with the Slide Quartet (a group I was part of in Geneva, CH)

What do you like best about teaching music? Seeing the students progress and get excited about music

Who is your favorite composer or musician? Beethoven, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins

What was the first piece of music you ever learned? A piece from the book to Ana Magdalena Bach

How many hours a day do you practice? About two, but I wish I had more time

How long have you been at TBMS? Since 2014

Feel free to list any competitions, musical accomplishments, roles, performances of note, etc. I was awarded the Friedl Wald Stiftung in Zürich, CH (2006). I received the Sir Roland Hanna Memorial Scholarship while studying jazz performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music (2010). In New York, I've performed at Lincoln Center, Small's Jazz Club, Blue Note, and many others. My performance and teaching activities have led me to travel to many places in the USA as well as around the world (France, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Canada, etc.). I'm the leader of the Sebastien Ammann Quartet ("Samadhi", Freshsound New Talent, 2012) and Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel ("Color Wheel", Skirl Records2017) with which I play regularly. I play keyboards and Hammond B3 organ with the Gary Douglas Band.

Fun Facts: I run and bike and like to use those sports to make analogies with music.