Sean Osborn

Sean Osborn with Clarinet 2 (76K)

Composer and Clarinetist Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist, chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Winner of prizes from the International Clarinet Association, the IBLA Grand Prize, ASCAP, and others, Sean has been commissioned by the North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Cornish College of the Arts, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, and multiple solo performers. His compositions have been widely performed by amateurs, students, and professionals, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, and members of the American Saxophone Quartet, the orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, the MET and participants in the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Osborn's compositions have also been featured on recordings by Cambria and Albany records, and reviewers have called his music full of "ingenious antiphony and counterpoint" (ClassicalNet), "unusual and consistently engaging." (City Arts), "fun-to-play" (The Clarinet), "engaging" (Fanfare), and "impetuous" (Höffner Volksblatt).

Combining multiple styles and genres (Modern, Gregorian, Rock, Folk, Post-Minimal, etc.) with the styles of his Celtic and Native American heritage, Mr. Osborn achieves a synthesis like no other. Complex overlapping rhythm and ostinati often combine with multiple simultaneous tempos and free melodies. "Extended techniques" make up his wide and colorful palette, with each unusual sound always in service to the musical expression.
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