The music that Sebastian Androne (Romania, 1989) brought (...) touched the jury, performers and audience. (...) Androne uses a highly communicative musical language, showing sophistication in both horizontal (melodic) and vertical (harmonic) lines.

Sebastian Androne-Nakanishi (b. 1989) is a multi award-winning composer who writes both contemporary concert music and soundtracks for theater or film.  

He studied music composition in Romania, Great Britain and France, his music being performed all around Europe and beyond by established ensembles and orchestras. He finished his PhD in 2018 at the National University of Music from Bucharest, having Dan Dediu as his doctoral adviser and long time mentor. 

Obtaining two Erasmus scholarships, he studied composition with Stefano Gervasoni during his doctoral studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse and with Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton and Ed Bennett during his Masters at the Birmingham Conservatoire.



Convinced of the idea that there is always room for improvement, Sebastian Androne-Nakanishi attended in numerous masterclasses lead by important composers such as Mark-Anthony TurnageIsabel MundryAgustín FernándezBrian FerneyhoughRichard AyresChristopher Fox, Mario Garuti, Laurence CraneHanna KulentyErrollyn WallenGavin BryarsThierry HuilletCornel TaranuMichael HerschGabriel IranyiJörg WidmannPeter RuzickaAdrian PopBernard CavannaMiklós MarosZygmunt KrauzeHubert StuppnerPhilip Cashian and Aurel Stroe. (detailed info here)

Sebastian Androne is a highly gifted Romanian composer (...) who combines a highly vivid musical imagination with outstanding technical realisation. His music has a huge personality and energy. He creates striking musical structures that communicate clearly and powerfully.

Joe Cutler, head of the composition department at the Birmingham Conservatoire


Formal Studies

  • 2014-2018
    PhD in music composition at the National University of Music from Bucharest (NUMB). Doctoral adviser: Dan Dediu. Finished with Magna cum Laude.

  • 2016 
    Erasmus Scholarship at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP). Composition Professor: Stefano Gervasoni.

  • 2012-2014
    Master's Degree in Composition at the NUMB. Composition Professors: Dan Dediu, Mihaela Vosganian. Finished as Valedictorian.

  • 2013
    Scholarship at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Composition Professors: Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton and Ed Bennett. 

  • 2008-2012
    Bachelor's Degree in Composition at the NUMB. Composition Professors: Dan Dediu, Mihaela Vosganian, Dan Voiculescu, Nicolae Coman, Bogdan Voda, Cristian Lolea and Mihai Murariu. Finished as Valedictorian.

Personal Creed

I believe that music requires passion, honesty and a fervent desire to interweave bonds between all of us and all of things, both synchronically and diachronically.


My journey is one of self-discovery, the one in which you search for your purest (artistic) volition, for facets of your truth, for better and better ways of expressing yourself (compositionally) and of finding the most accurate means of conveying the „within”.

It’s not a journey of originality, but of authenticity. It’s not a search for aural novelty, but for the most candid, eloquent and meaningful musical manifestation. Thus the self-discovery can become self-creation.