Described as ‘protean, innovative, thorough, precise and imaginative’, Sean Quinn is a composer and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently a student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and has studied with Christine McCombe, Melody Eötvös and Johannes Schöllhorn. He has written for a variety of settings; from solo instrument and electroacoustic through to large ensemble and vocal works. In February 2021, he was invited to the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover to briefly present his work for wind instruments.
Much of his practice is centred around collaborative and observational connectivity and communication, as well as the interdisciplinary within performance. His compositional voice is driven by a sense of constant metamorphosis; music that learns, adapts and reacts to itself and its surroundings. There is great attention to space, internal idiosyncrasy and colouristic inflection. It has often been described as ‘very lyrical’ and ‘poetic’, but also delves into darker, ‘writhing’ and intensely intimate elements of musicality. Sean strives to showcase the highest standard and virtuosity of both his own craft and the craft of a performer.
His works have been performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Iwaki Auditorium. He has worked with and been performed by clarinetists Richard Haynes (CH) and Szilárd Benes (AT), bassoonist James Aylward (NL), percussion collective Speak Percussion (AUS), members of Ensemble MusikFabrik (DE) and the Berry College Contemporary Music Ensemble (USA) amongst others. His scores are published by the Paris-based house BabelScores. His work incubation was recorded and released on the Cubus-Records CD ghosts of motion, performed and commissioned by Richard Haynes. This work was broadcast on the PBS 106.7 The Sound Barrier, hosted by acclaimed musicologist Ian Parsons.
In 2021, Sean is busily preparing a large quantity of solo and chamber works for a raft of projects; including a commission for the Átlátszó Hang Újzenei Fesztivál (Budapest), a large work to be performed by the up-and-coming Ensemble Zeitstoff at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb (Berlin), as well as a string of new works for various Clarinets for a portrait CD with Graz-based Clarinetist Szilárd Benes. Other commissions include new works for There is no air in space (2021-22), Schallfeld Ensemble (2021-23), Olinda Quartet (2021), students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Gavin Stewart/Royal Holloway, London (2021).
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‘Through the intricacies of the textures and timbres of incubation, Sean Quinn gives us in this piece a richly layered meeting of time. The past is not a dead thing; the future is not an abstract concept: together they coalesce as components of a living, breathing present.’ (Ian Parsons, PBS Radio 106.7FM The Sound Barrier)
‘innovative, thorough, precise and imaginative’ (Richard Haynes, clarinetist)