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Sebestik BohdanBohdan Šebestík has been professor of horn and the martial art of Aikido at ESMAE (University of Music and Performing Arts, Porto) since 1995. With former students performing and teaching at a high level around the globe, his influence on the last two generations of Portuguese horn players is enormous.

Bohdan was born in Kroměříž in the former Czechoslovakia. He took up the horn following studies in piano and trumpet. From 1978 to 1982, he attended the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) University in Brno, where he completed his Master’s degree with Professor František Šolc.

He participated in several national competitions, including the Kraslice National Competition and the JAMU competition of Brno, where he won first prize. Soon afterward, Bohdan was the winner of several international horn competitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.

Professor Šebestík held positions with the orchestra of the Armed Forces in Prague, the Brno Opera, and the Brno Philharmonic. He has been a member of the National Orchestra of Porto since 1994 (solo horn since 2001). He was given the Punto Award in 2022.