Born in 1981, Sebastien Ammann started piano lessons at age 7 in his hometown of Geneva (Switzerland). In 2006, he obtained his Teaching Diploma (with congratulations of the jury) from the AMR Professional Jazz School in Geneva. In 2003, he was awarded a grant from the Friedlwald Stiftung Foundation in Zürich (Switzerland), a foundation that rewards special scholarships to promising Swiss artists. While in Geneva, Sebastien Ammann performed with internationally known artists such as Maurice Magnoni, Stefano Saccon, Jeff Baud, Béatrice Graff, Manu Hagmann, David Meier and Rafi Schilt. He lead his own band “Schwytzromand Formula” which brought together two musicians from the German part and two musicians from the French part of Switzerland, as a way to erase the language barrier. He also collaborated with a large number of bands performing in various parts of Europe (Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy) and the United states. In 2006, he recorded his first album “Orange” (2006) with the Ammann Trio (featuring bassist Manu Hagmann and drummer Rodolphe Loubatière). In 2008, while in New York, he studied privately with Jacob Sacks, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch and Garry Dial.
Sebastien Ammann graduated with a Master degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College (New York) in February 2011 after studying with David Berkman, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman and Howard Brofsky. During his studies, he was awarded the Sir Roland Hanna Fellowship award in recognition of special achievement.