SEAN HICKEY (b 1970 )
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1970, Sean Hickey's earliest music education
began at age 12 with an electric guitar, a Peavey amp, and a stack of Van Halen
records, the early ones of course. He studied jazz guitar at Oakland University,
later graduating with a degree in composition and theory from Wayne State University.
His primary instructors were James Hartway and James Lentini.
Since moving to New York, Sean has pursued further studies with Justin Dello
Joio and Gloria Coates. His works include two string trios, a string quartet,
a flute sonata, a woodwind quintet and trio, several pieces for solo instruments,
church as well as orchestral music. He has also worked on a film score, and
composed the music for a children's play, the latter of which received over
80 performances. Sean is also active as an arranger, contributing arrangements
for various artists and ensembles in the pop and jazz music spheres, most recently
scoring The Winemaker for performances in Philadelphia. 2003 was a busy
year with performances of his piano music at New York's Weill Hall in addition
to the first concert dedicated entirely to his chamber and solo music, at CAMI
Hall. In 2004, Hickey was awarded a grant from the New York Department of Cultural
Affairs as well as a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center
to mount concerts of his work. He has recently fulfilled commissions for New
York's One World Symphony, the Adesso Choral Society in Connecticut, the Spain-based
piano/accordion duo An-Tifon, and the Gringolts-Weiss-Fiterstein Trio. He has
also recorded a disc of his chamber works for Naxos American Classics, released
in November 2005.
His principal instruments are guitar and piano. Other commissions include works
for violinist Ilya Gringolts, flutist Stefan Hoskuldsson, and for Philadelphia-based
ensemble Ars Futura. He is a recipient of 2003 and 2004 ASCAP awards and was
named a semi-finalist in the Auros 2001-2002 Composition Competition, also winning
second prize in the 1990 State Awards (composition) in the former Yugoslavia.
The past year has seen numerous performances in New York, Washington DC, Spain,
Portugal, Ireland and Turkey. He is an ASCAP member.
Several of his recording and concert reviews may be found in the pages of the
New Music Connoisseur, 21st Century Music, Modern Dance and numerous
other publications. He is also a principal contributor to the Omnibus Guide
to Classical Music on CD. He has also contributed liner notes to dozens
of classical recordings and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences. His travel and adventure pieces have appeared in Transitions
Abroad, the Burlington Free Press, Trailworks, Trailsource, Orlando Weekly,
ITN, Babylon Travel and elsewhere. Otra Dia, a travelogue of the
writer's travels in Peru, was published in 1998 by Cantabile Press.