Sebastian (Seb) Coyne is a passionate 18-year-old violist who started playing violin and piano from the age of six. From a young age he was a part of Suzuki group classes and also performed contemporary music in open mic nights with his siblings. He transitioned to viola early on in his primary school years and then more recently furthered his studies in music at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) where he studied with Christopher Cartlidge and Gabrielle Halloran.
During his time studying at VCASS, Seb was given the opportunity to play in string quartets, quintets, and piano trios where he found his love for chamber music. In 2020, his quartet "Miles Street 4" was invited to perform at the VCE Tops Acts 2021 and placed second in the Strike a Chord competition “Lockdown Legends”.
Last year, Seb was a finalist in both the MRC Bach Competition and the Strike a Chord Chamber Music Competitions. In the Strike a Chord final, he won awards for both his performances where he featured as a pianist and violist.
As an experienced orchestral musician, Seb has featured as Principal Viola of VCASS orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (flagship ensemble), and he has also participated in multiple Australian Youth Orchestra programs. In 2021, he was also invited to perform Brahms’ Third Symphony and Haydn Variations as part of Fabian Russell's "Symphony in a day" orchestral project.
Seb is thrilled to commence his first year studying with Caroline Henbest at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he hopes to focus on furthering and developing his solo playing. He also looks forward to collaborating with the other ANAM musicians in a wide variety of chamber groups.
Seb currently plays a Paul Davies 2021 viola.
Photo credit Pia Johnson