Sebastián Zubieta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a doctorate in composition from Yale University and a Licenciatura in musicology from the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires.
He has presented papers on baroque music in the United States, Belgium (17th Congress of the International Musicological Society), and Argentina.
His music has been performed in concerts and festivals in Argentina, Europe and the US, including Latein Amerika-Ruhrgebiet 1993 in Essen and the 1997 World Music Days in Seoul. He was one of five composers commissioned to write a piece premiered in November 2007 in Buenos Aires during the new music series organized by the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires. Other performances of his work include Continuum Ensemble’s concert at Americas Society and the premiere of a new choral piece by Charis Chamber Voices in Bedford in May 2008.
He has been conducting choirs and vocal ensembles for 20 years, and has presented a variety of music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. He was the conductor of the Yale International Singers from 1999 to 2005 and premiered a number of new works for chamber ensembles and orchestra with Yale Philharmonia, New Music New Haven, and NeitherMusic.
His teaching experience includes positions as a teaching fellow for music appreciation and American popular music at Yale Department of Music and for hearing and analysis at Yale School of Music. He also taught music history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, composition at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and music appreciation at the Centro de Arte y Tecnología in Buenos Aires.
Other projects in Sebastian’s musical activity include participation in the programming committee of the Look and Listen Festival, and working as assistant conductor of the choir of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Connecticut. He has collaborated with filmmakers Darko Lungulov, Don Lenzer, and Amala Lane and sings regularly with the Stamford Schola Gregoriana, a group dedicated to the performance of Gregorian chant which recorded an instructional CD in 2002.
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