Born in Munich and raised in Spain, Sebastian Klinger took his first cello lessons at the age of six. He later studied with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna as well as with Boris Pergamenshikov in Berlin.
After receiving a number of national and international awards at various competitions as well as foundation grants, he won the 2001 German Music Competition in Berlin. There followed débuts at important German festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Ludwigsburg, as well as several recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2002, he was invited by the Cologne Philharmonie to take part in the Rising Stars Series (European Concert Hall Organization), which ultimately took him to some of the most important musical capitals of Europe and the United States (Carnegie Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Konserthus, Stockholm; Konzerthaus, Vienna; Concert Hall, Athens; etc.).
Meanwhile Sebastian Klinger concertizes as soloist and chamber music partner throughout Europe, Asia, the United States and South Africa, including appearances with such orchestras as the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, Orchestra of the Accadema Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - where he has served as first chair cellist since 2004 -, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich and Hamburg Symphonies, the National Orchestra of the RAI in Turin, the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle in Weimar and the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. In these performances he has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Mariss Jansons, Christoph Poppen, Michael Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff and Antoni Wit.
Sebastian Klinger's chamber music partners include, inter alia, Valéry Afanassiev, Yuri Bashmet, Lisa Batiashvili, Milana Chernyavska, Ana Chumachenco, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, François Leleux, Alexander Lonquich, Yo-Yo Ma, Plamena Mangova, Enrico Pace, Alina Pogostkina, Lawrence Power, Herbert Schuch, Gil Shaham, Antoine Tamestit, Alexandre Tharaud, Jörg Widmann, Natalia Prishepenko (Artemis Quartet), Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), as well as the Belcea, Philharmonia and Rosamunde Quartets.
His discography includes both solo works and chamber music compositions, among them the "Diapason d'Or"-winning complete recording of the Bach Suites for Oehms Classics and the Sony BMG and Deutsche Grammophon releases of chamber music with Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux and Lawrence Power. His latest duo CD (Oehms Classics) together with pianist Milana Chernyavska is fully devoted to the French repertoire.
Sebastian Klinger plays an instrument built by Camillus Camilli in Mantua in 1736.