Winner of the 2017-18 American Prize in Instrumental Performance, Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him “…an excellent clarinetist,” the Boston Globe called him “…a miracle,” and Gramophone “…a master.”
Making his recital debut at the Kennedy Center at the age of 17, Sean has over forty concertos in his repertoire, and has recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks and dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others. An active chamber musician, Sean founded Kokopelli and Quake, and performed with James Levine, Jeremy Denk, Adam Neiman, Anne-Marie McDermott, Donald Weilerstein, James Ehnes, Scott Yoo, Richard O’Neill, Milan Turkovic, Richard Stoltzman, members of the Tokyo, Colorado, Avalon, Calder, Rimsky-Korsakov, and St. Lawrence Quartets, as well as principal musicians from every major North American Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. His many festival performances include Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. Grants including those from the NEA and the Aaron Copland Fund, and his essays have been published in numerous journals and newsletters.
A new music specialist, Sean has premiered works by Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Jennifer Higdon to name a few. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. As an educator, he has presented over 100 master classes around the world, developed many multi-media educational video series, and served on the faculty of the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.