Sebastian Zens trained at the Mittenwald School of Violin Making from 1977-1980. He has been the assistant to Ludwig Hofer, Michael Becker and Carl F. Becker. In June of 1986, Sebastian was employed by Roger Hargrave for Geigenbau Machold in Bremen, Germany. He established his own firm in Cologne from 1988-2004. Sebastian was a teacher at the Mittenwald School of Violin Making from 2009-2011.
September 1988 Silver medal at Ente Triennale di Cremona, category: violin
In November 1988 Certificate of Merit, category: craftsmanship violin at the international violin-making competition of the Violin Society of America in Minneapolis.