Sebastian Sternal, professor for jazz piano and jazz ensemble at the Mainz School of Music, studied in Cologne and Paris and has worked with jazz greats like Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Binney and John Riley. His concert tours took him all over the world. He won numerous prizes, such as the WDR Jazzpreis 2007, the Concours piano jazz Martial Solal 2010, Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis 2014, Annual Award of the German Schallplattenkritik 2015, and the ECHO Jazz in 2013, 2016, and 2018. His project Sternal Symphonic Society combines young musicians from jazz and classical music. In 2017, his trio album "Home" with Larry Grenadier and Jonas Burgwinkel was released and celebrated by the audience and professionals alike.
As part of his GRC fellowship, Sternal plans the development of the Jazz Campus Mainz, which will include the implementation of a European ensemble as well as the establishment of a Jazz Summer School and a university big band.