Sean Quinn is an emerging composer and flautist based in Melbourne, Australia. Sean attended St Kevin’s College, Toorak, at which he was a distinguished musician, achieving the prize for Music Performance three years in a row (2016-2018), and having his works performed by various large scale ensembles during his last three years at the college. Sean’s work, Angler – for Strings and Percussion (2018), was performed during the VCAA Top Sound and Top Class series, and was the largest scale work to be performed in the history of this event. He was the only composer featured at the Top Class ‘Avant-Garde’ concert.
Sean is now studying a Bachelor of Music (Perf) at the Melbourne Conservatorium (UniMelb), where he aspires to better both his instrumental and compositional skills throughout his time in the degree. Alongside this, Sean has had various works premiered, including his work ‘Unity’ for percussion duet at the international TENOR Network conference by Speak Percussion (2019), his indeterminate interpretation work ‘evaluations’ at MoNA (TAS) performed by James Aylward and company, and his String Quartet work ‘paper boat compass’ by Allotropy String Quartet (2019).
Further planned commissions include a new Violin Concert (2020) for international soloist Linda Gilbert, a pair of works ‘riverstones’ and ‘kling klang’ for Melbourne based Enyato Duo (2019) and a larger work for the contemporary art group Forest Collective. He has also attracted international interest from musicians in Vienna, the US and the Netherlands, and is in planning phases with a new work for the New York New Music Ensemble (2021-22). Sean is also actively composing for students of the MCM, with worked planned to debut in end-of-year recitals to come.
“I see music as an opportunity to explore one’s creativity and imagination. The notes on the page, even in some of the earliest music, are a guide to the contour of it. Most musicians are drawn to the belief in playing exactly what is on the page. But this is more harmful than helpful for building one’s musicality; the use of music as a vehicle for expression rather than a means to an end.” – Sean Quinn