“If there were a contest for hardest working man in New Music, my choice for a winner would be Sean Hickey.”
– Sequenza 21
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 works include a symphony (‘Olympus Mons’), concertos for clarinet, cello, recorder and mandolin, two string trios, a string quartet, a flute sonata, a woodwind quintet, several chamber works, numerous pieces for solo instruments, choral, theater and orchestral music.
It acts here as observer, but also as metaphor for the speaking of truth to power: the small voice raised against the mighty.
Violinist Jonathan Yi was the winner of the prize for best performance of a newly-commissioned work, two sections of the solo violin suite, Dance Apotheosis, in the Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center for the Arts.