Sean Hickey profile


3/03, Jennifer Devore, CAMI Hall, New York


The Beara Peninsula, straddling the counties of Cork and Kerry juts out into the Atlantic like a forearm. One of Ireland’s most beautiful and unspoiled reaches, Beara, with its fantastic cliff-studded coastline, bays riddled with islands, and the mighty Hungry Hill and Mare’s Tail – Ireland’s tallest waterfall – inspired this music. No other extra-musical associations need be mentioned, but those who’ve been to this wild place may detect a hint of turf fires, the vertigo of the Connor Pass, or the mountain spine that splits this spectacular place in two.



Sean Hickey

October 2001

New York City

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  • News

    Watch this space for news of performances in New York, Chicago, Sao Paolo, Stockholm and St. Petersburg, where we will record my Clarinet Concerto with Alexander Fiterstein, along with Vladimir Lande leading the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the end of November.


    The North/South Consonance gave the successful premiere of my Sinfonietta in New York on February 6, 2011 and I’m still working on the premiere of my Mandolin Concerto with Avi Avital with target date of late 2011 in Berlin. December 2010 saw three performance of my solo cello work, Beara, by two different cellists in Chicago and New York. I'm extremely pleased to announce a commission from arguably the greatest recorder player in the world, Michala Petri, for a new concerto for recorder and orchestra, to be premiered in 2012 and with a recording to follow.

    I’m also nearing completion of a new commission for the amazingly diverse Swedish ensemble,The Pearls Before Swine Experience. The new work is called Unintended Consequences and will be premiered in Sweden. I've also been commissioned by an interesting New York cello duo, 2VC, for a new work for that combination.

    But perhaps the highlight of 2011 is the recording of several works of mine, solo piano, chamber and orchestral, each performed and recorded by some leading names and excellent proponents of my work. Recordings will take place in Princeton, New York and St. Petersburg.


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