I am pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform my music on their 2013-2014 season.
There are many exciting commissions and performances I look forward to announcing in the coming months, including new works for orchestra, ensemble, and solo. Stay tuned!
Sean has received a Composers Assistance (CAP) Grant from the New Music USA in support of upcoming performances of a revised version of his junk car percussion concerto, Clunker Concerto.
Commissioned by Milwaukee’s Present Music to compose a new work for large ensemble and electric guitar.
Sean is an invited composer at the La Pietra Forum for Contemporary Music in Florence, Italy, where he will work with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble and Georg Friedrich Haas.
Sean will be the 2012-2013 Composer-In-Residence for the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble in New York. They will perform several of his works throughout the season, culminating in the premiere of a new commissioned work for ensemble.
Sean will be a Visiting Lecturer in Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 2012-2013.
Awake, featuring my piece, Velvet Hammer, is showing up on “Best Albums of 2011″ lists all over the place, including: All Music, The Awl, Silent Ballet, CBC Radio Canada, Citta del Capo Radio Metropolitana, KALX Berkeley,Ted Gioia, Music in the Bubble, and this one. It was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered earlier this year, and reached the Top 10 in iTunes Classical and #2 in Amazon Classical.
Interviewed for Yale University’s Oral History of American Music: Major Figures in American Music, an ambitious project that seeks to interview all those who have had an influence in American music, as well as younger up-and-comers.
A 3-hour (!!) interview (both audio and written transcription) between myself and Libby van Cleve is now available. HERE is the full list of musicians who have contributed to the project.
Slate Magazine has published an article about me and my piece Clunker Concerto, which was premiered earlier this year at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and Line C3 Percussion. Click HERE to read.
Sean is thrilled to be writing a new work for the Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble.
Sean has won the 2012-2013 Renee B. Fisher Composer Award. This commissions him to write a short piano work that a slew of talented young performers will learn and perform as part of the Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition.
NOW Ensemble’s Awake (featuring my piece, Velvet Hammer) is #1 in the Classical Chamber Music category in Amazon.com sales and #2 in all Classical (we can’t be expected to compete with the Royal Wedding Soundtrack, can we?) We’re also #6 for all Classical albums on iTunes! If you’ve been thinking about checking out the album, but haven’t yet, go for it!
Sean wins the 2011-2012 Rome Prize!
Sean wins his 4th ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Velvet Hammer. VIEW PRESS RELEASE
Great press just keeps pouring in!
It’s New York’s Classical music radio station WQXR’s Album of the Week. They describe the album as “… a Whitman’s sampler of new music. And, lucky for us, everything in the box is a caramel.” The call Velvet Hammer a “haunting whirlwind.”
Classical Review calls it, “scintillating”, “fresh and vibrant” and “rewarded by repeated listening”.
Silent Ballet says “Awake is truly a delightful experience from beginning to end.”
The Bangkok Post says of my Velvet Hammer, “… there is much to marvel at in the variety of timbres and moods [Sean Friar] gets from [repeated notes and chords], from woodpeckerish tappings to ringing peals to pounding attacks, all in six or so kaleidoscopic minutes.” As for the album, they “recommend it strongly even to people who usually keep their distance from contemporary classical music.”
Sean will be featured at the GAUDEAMUS New Music Week this September in Utrecht, Netherlands, where his piece, Velvet Hammer, is nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize. Watch a video about it HERE (which features Velvet Hammer quite prominently!)
Sean is a FINALIST for the Darmstadt Composition Prize “Soli fan tutti”! His wind quintet, Lick Machine, will be recorded by Staatsorchester Darmstadt at Darling Records in Cologne, Germany, and performed at the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, Germany this May. At the concert, the audience will vote the winners.
Sean received Honorable Mention in the Finale/Eighth Blackbird National Composition Contest. VIEW PRESS RELEASE
The American Composers Orchestra just released the first in a series of documentary videos on the process of making Clunker Concerto, my percussion quartet concerto for junk car and orchestra. Watch it here!
And the concert’s March 4, 2011 at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall.
New recordings of a few movements from my new wind quintet are up on the music page!
NOW Ensemble is in the studio recording Velvet Hammer for their next album, slated for a 2011 release on New Amsterdam Records! Also on the CD will be pieces by Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, and David Crowell.
TRANSIT is in the studio recording my piece Scale 9 for their CD!
Sean has been awarded the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship from Princeton University for his “distinguished work in the Department of Music.” This university-wide competitive fellowship recognizes students “displaying the highest scholarly excellence… outstanding performance and professional promise, and represent[s] high commendation from the Princeton University Graduate School.”
New recording of Newspeak playing Fighting Words on the Music page!
After having such a blast last year as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival Composition Master Class, I’m not surprised to find myself going back this summer, this time to work with George Tsontakis on the Susan and Ford Schumann Award.
Sean is thrilled to receive the 2009 Aaron Copland Award and Residency at Copland House. This grants him a private residency this winter at Aaron Copland’s beautiful, 3-acre restored estate in the Hudson River Valley.
New recording of Velvet Hammer performed by NOW Ensemble available on the music page.
Selected for the 16th International Young Composers Meeting 2010 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands; organized by Orkest de Ereprijs, Podium Gigant and GAUDEAMUS Foundation.
Sean receives an ASCAPLUS Award.
Receives an NMC New Works Commission to write a new chamber work for New Music Collective in Charleston, SC.
Sean receives his 3rd consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his chamber work, Little Green Pop.
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Selected to participate in the American Composers Orchestra ACO/Penn Presents New Music Workshop, which will culminate in a performance of his chamber orchestra work, Out of Line.
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Sean will be a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival Composition Master Class this summer on the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship.
Sean receives his 2nd ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his solo piano work, Elastic Loops.
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Sean will be a composition fellow at Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival this summer supported by the ASCAP Foundation Bang on a Can Summer Institute Fellowship.
Sean receives the Lee Ettelson Composers Award from Composers Inc. for his piano trio, Hell Bent.
Sean is the winner of Hawaii Institute of Contemporary Music (HICM) Composition Competition for his solo piano piece, Elastic Loops.
1st Place (Region VIII) in the SCI/ASCAP Composer Commission Competition for his chamber sextet, Bad Wiring.
Sean Receives an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his piano trio, Hell-Bent.
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Sean will be a composition fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer.
Sean will attend Princeton University on the Roger Sessions Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. in composition this Fall.
Will be a composition fellow at the Yale School of Music/ Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship this summer.