Sean Quinn is a composer, editor and improvisor based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently a student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Christine McCombe – as well as having studied with Melody Eötvös and Johannes Schöllhorn. His affinity with the uncanny has led his to associations with indeterminacy and the new complexity, within which he seeks to expands upon the dimension of musicianship, as well as the facets of music’s imperfection; usually asking for attention to proximity, personality and perception between his music and the musician performing it. He has written for a variety of settings; from solo instrument and electroacoustic
Much of his practice is centred around collaborative and observational connectivity, as well as the interdisciplinary within performance and score presentation. He is passionate about the harnessing of the balance between algorithm and chance, as well as personal choice and inflection; combining the ethos of the Complexicists such as Brian Ferneyhough and heavy influences of Timbre from interaction with the music of Unsuk Chin and Liza Lim. His work also takes great influence from text and poetry, as well as visual art.
His ambitious character precedes him with a string of commissions forming quickly across 4 continents. His works have been performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Iwaki Auditorium. He has worked with bassoonist James Aylward, percussion collective Speak Percussion and members of Ensemble MusikFabrik amongst others, and has recently entered a publishing contract with the Paris-based publishing house, BabelScores.