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‘Substantive and Savvy’ -Gramophone Magazine
Sean Hickey is an American composer who’s unique post-modern voice stems from wildly different music from Zappa to Stravinsky.
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Sean Hickey

“If there were a contest for hardest working man in New Music, my choice for a winner would be Sean Hickey.”
– Sequenza 21

"one of the best known and most successful American composers of his generation."

- Klassik Heute

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.

Recent News

  • The Mind to Music project

    The Mind To Music Project offers a collection of intriguing graphic works masquerading as sheet music by some of the world’s greatest historic and contemporary classical music artists. Musical literacy is not required to appreciate their expressive mystery. The earliest sketches of Sean Hickey's extensive piano opus, Sapiens, are included as part of this extraordinary undertaking.

  • Clarinet Concerto featured on Composer's Datebook

    Composer's Datebook, hosted by John Birge and produced by Minnesota Public Radio, featured the Clarinet Concerto as its moment of April 21st.

Recent Recordings

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Spheres cover
CD premiere of A Pacifying Weapon
Toccata Classics releases the world premiere of Single Malt
A Pacifying Weapon album cover
El Aleph cover
Cursive album cover
Concertos album cover
Art of the Cello album cover
Left at the Fork in the Road album cover