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 is currently under the tutelage of Miriama Young. In February 2021, he was invited to the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover to briefly present his work for wind instruments, as well as precept.percept.concept III workshop (.alfabet).
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. The insatiable endeavour to tame the untamed instability of instruments is an ongoing focus of his notational practice, as well as the sense of space . It has often been described as ‘very lyrical’, ‘intricate’ 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), The Thinking Minds Project 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; a variety of solo Voice works for performers Tony Arnold, Stephanie Lamprea and Emily Thorner, as well works for Brightwork Ensemble and Syzygy Ensemble. Other new works for Olinda Quartet (2021), students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, There is no air in space (2021-22), Brian Ellis (2021-22), , PRISM Ensemble, and Gavin Stewart/Royal Holloway, London (2021). He has also been chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at the Chateau d’Orquevaux (France) in 2021, in which he will embark on a 4-week residency amongst artists of a variety of disciplines. He has also accepted Fellowships at the New Music on the Point Festival in Baltimore (2021) and the Impulse New Music Festival in Los Angeles (2021).
Sean has also written as a critic/reviewer/contributor for Fever Pitch, CutCommon and classikON Magazines.
‘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)