Violist Sebastian Stefanovic joined The Florida Orchestra in the fall of 2022. He is a Baltimore native and completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rice University’s Shepherd School while studying with Ivo-Jan van der Werff.
Stefanovic is a passionate advocate for new music and the expansion of the viola repertoire, and he has commissioned, premiered and recorded a variety of solo and ensemble works, including the winning composition of the American Viola Society’s Gardner Prize, as well as participated in the 2020 and 2021 Composers’ Conference.
As a chamber musician, he has received quartet fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar. He enjoys inventive and multifaceted programming, frequently curating interdisciplinary collaborations for the Houston-based conductorless string orchestra Kinetic. He spent three years as a Young Artist for DACAMERA, performing and teaching in schools, museums and galleries across Houston.
When not playing music, Stefanovic enjoys cooking, reading, soccer and pickleball.
Photo by Natalie Gaynor