Round 1

J.S Bach: Prelude and Fugue a-minor WTC book 2

L.v. Beethoven: Sonata no. 21 op. 53 1st mvt
F. Chopin: Etude no. 6 op. 25
C. Debussy: Etude no. 5 “Pour les Octaves”

Round 2

W.A Mozart: Sonata no. 18 D-major K. 576

F. Chopin: Sonata no. 2 op. 35 in b-flat minor

Round 3

F. Chopin: Concerto no. 2 op. 21 in f-minor

Beethoven: Sonata no. 23 op. 57

Sebastian Iivonen


 preselection Videos

Competition Repertoire​

Debussy Etude no.5 “Pour les Octaves”

Nordic Country represented: Sweden

Institution: Royal College of Music Stockholm/Edsberg Castle

Name of present teacher: Prof. mats widlund

Sebastian Iivonen, born December 1997 in Stockholm, began his piano studies at the age of six for prof. Natalia Kazimirovskaia. Among her side Sebastian played and still plays for prof. Tamara Pudubbnaya from “Long Island Concervatory in New York.

As a nine year old, Sebastian won his age category (8-11 years) in the Steinway Piano Competition 2007 in Stockholm. At the age of ten, Sebastian made his orchestral debut in the Stockholm Concert hall with the Stockholm Youth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Glenn Mossop, playing Kabalevsky’s piano concerto.

Sebastian gave his first solo recitals at the age of twelve in “Centro Cultural” Los Cristianos, Tenerife, with a 45 minute program consisting of works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninoff.
Same year, Sebastian got awarded the prestigious “Mai von Rosens” scholarship in Stockholm. At the age of fourteen, Sebastian got invited to Moscow by the “Vladimir Spivakov Foundation” to play at a concert in the Moscow Opera house.

Sebastian has won many international piano competitions in Europe, such as Stockholm International Music Competition, Musical Fireworks (Germany), Music Without Borders (USA), Concours International de Piano (France), Young Artists 2016 (Sweden), Nilüfer PianoIMC, Bursa (Turkey) et al. Ever since then, Sebastian has travelled around Europe and America giving concerts and participating in festivals and masterclasses for well known professors, such as Alexander Kobrin, Sergei Edelmann, Rena Shereshevskaia, Leif-Ove Andsnes, Konstantin Sherbakov.

At the fall of 2018, Sebastian begun his 2nd year of bachelor program at the Royal College of Music/Edsberg Castle in Stockholm for Prof. Mats Widlund.