The grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, Manz' musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He was born in Hanover in 1986 and began singing in a boys' choir at the age of six. He first learned the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrated on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman's recording of Carl Maria von Weber's Clarinet Concerto in E-flat major, which fascinated him and awakened a longing for the instrument. His big breakthrough came with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he won not only First Prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for 40 years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. In the Duo Riul, with his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months previously. Sebastian Manz has since then become one of the most popular soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Two ECHO Klassik awards have confirmed Sebastian Manz as one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of his generation. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.