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Sean Clarke: Biography

Sean Clarke
1983 -
Region: Ontario

Sean Clarke

Sean Clarke is a composer, theorist and flutist from Calgary, AB. His pieces have been performed in France, the United States, and across Canada by groups including Ensemble Arkea, the Land’s End Ensemble, and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. They have been featured in festivals by the World Saxophone Congress, the Société de Musique Contemporaine de Québec, New Music Edmonton, the North America Saxophone Alliance, the Canadian University Music Society, and New Works Calgary, who commissioned a work for their 25th Anniversary season. He has also written several works for young performers, one of which is published by the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in the Level 1 saxophone syllabus.

Before completing a doctorate in instrumental composition at the University of Montréal under the co-direction of Ana Sokolovic and Jonathan Goldman, Sean studied flute and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, England, and the University of Calgary. He is the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Sean has presented his theory research at several national and regional conferences, including those of the Canadian University Music Society, where his paper was a finalist for the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize; the South Central Society for Music Theory, where he was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award; and the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis.

As a flutist, Sean has performed in new music festivals in Montréal, Calgary and Saskatoon, as an extra musician with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and in concert series including the Société de Musique Contemporaine de Québec’s Série Hommage and McGill University’s Schulich Professional Concert Series.