Sebastian Lee was born in Hamburg in 1805 and trained by the Romberg pupil Johann Nikolaus Prell. As a soloist, he undertook a journey via Leipzig, Kassel and Frankfurt to Paris and in 1832 made his successful debut at the Théâtre Italien. In 1836 he gave performances in London and then returned toParis where he worked as a solo cellist at the Grand Opéra for more than 30 years. A soloist and teacher, he published his Cello Method Op. 30 in 1845 which is still available at Schott.
His barely known anthology ´First Steps in Violoncello Playing´ opus 101 contains 50 easy duets in the first position. The first cello part is easy to play while the second part is somewhat more demanding, yet still playable by pupils. A beautiful collection for beginner´s lessons, with very melodious pieces covering all technical and musical aspects of cello playing.