Born in Colorado Springs, USA in 1964 of musical parents, Johann Sebastian Paetsch began his cello studies with his father, G�nther Paetsch at the age of five, giving his first public recital when he was only six. His rapid progress of chamber music started in early childhood. In his large family of nine wht the name "The Paetsch Family Chamber Music Ensemble", almost the chamber music repertoire for strings from duo until nonet performed numerous times in concert.
Mr. Paetsch studied at Butler University with Arkady Orlovsky, at the Yale University with Aldo Parisot and at the "Musikhochschule L�beck" with David Geringas. He took part in Master classes and Summer Courses with Yo-Yo Ma, Rostropovitch, Janos Starker, and Mischa Maisky. As a member of the "Yale Cellists" he took part in recording two world-wide famous CD's
A graduate of Yale University, Johann Sebastian Paetsch is well known for his commitment to the cello's vast chamber and instrumental repertoire. He toured for many years widely with his Piano Trio "Trio Kairos", a partnership that has produced recordings.
Johann Sebastian Paetsch is currently the cellist in the internationally known piano trio called the "Trio Ceresio" with violinist Anthony Flint and pianist Sylviane Deferne.
Paetsch's collaboration with numerous prominent artists of the quality of Gidon Kremer, Jean-Bernard Pommier, the Wilanow Quartet and Eduard Brunner have yielded an extensive reassessment of the Romantic and late Contemporary instrumental repertoire, in particular the Messiaen "Quartet for the End of Time". Since 1988, Johann Sebastian Paetsch has already championed all Six Suites for Violoncello Solo by Bach in two evenings.
As a soloist who has appeared in many major music capitals of the world, he shows no hesitation in performing the concertos of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky as well as the standard repertoire. He has played the Haydn and Dvorak Cello Concertos, among others in Japan, in the USA and in Europe. His collaborations with his sister Michaela Paetsch (who plays the violin) in the many performances of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello took place in the USA, Canada and Germany. He played the Schumann Concerto in California. He made a Television recording of the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto with the "Solisti della Svizzera Italiana." With the Orchester della Svizzera Italiana he performed the Concertos of Saint-Saens, Brahms (the Double), Kabelevsky and Haydn C major. He has also interpreted Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations".
He performed the Strauss "Don Quixote" with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano with great success.
As recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Johann Sebastian Paetsch was awarded the top prize in the Emmanuel Feuermann Competition and in the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles. He was successful in the ARD Competition in Munich, in the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Rostropovitch Competition held in Paris.
Johann Sebastian Paetsch enjoys a distinguished international career as one of the foremost up-and-coming cellists of his generation. Renowned not only for his technical prowess but also for the gorgeous depth of tone and profound musicality of his playing, Mr. Paetsch is loved by audiences, critics and fellow musicians the world over. He plays a beautiful old cello made in Venice in 1730 by Matteo Goffriller.
Since 1992, Johann Sebastian Paetsch has been the 1st Solo-cellist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He and his wife, a violinist, are the parents of three children.