Sean X. Quinn

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Sean Quinn is a composer, editor and improvisor based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently a student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Christine McCombe – as well as having studied with Melody Eötvös and Johannes Schöllhorn. His affinity with the uncanny has led his to associations with indeterminacy and the new complexity, within which he seeks to expands upon the dimension of musicianship, as well as the facets of music’s imperfection; usually asking for attention to proximity, personality and perception between his music and the musician performing it. 

Much of his practice is centred around collaborative and observational connectivity, as well as the interdisciplinary within performance and score presentation. He is passionate about the harnessing of the balance between algorithm and chance, as well as personal choice and inflection; combining the ethos of the Complexicists such as Brian Ferneyhough and heavy influences of Timbre from interaction with the music of Unsuk Chin, and Liza Lim. His work also takes great influence from text and poetry, and 

His ambitious character precedes him with a string of commissions forming quickly across 4 continents. His works have been performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Iwaki Auditorium. He has worked with bassoonist James Aylward, percussion collective Speak Percussion and members of Ensemble MusikFabrik amongst others, and has recently entered a publishing contract with the Paris-based publishing house, BabelScores. 

Outside of music, Sean is known to be an avid reader and writer – having written reviews and blogs for CutCommon and Fever Pitch Magazines – and attends theatre often.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Solo Instrument


Understated matter for double-bell horn (2020)
The interference of forces from the beyond... for prepared guitar (2020)
Tempting offers for solo trombone (2020)
Proximity to the light... for solo guitar (2020)
Starling sandbox for solo piccolo (2020)
Blok short study in timbre - for solo percussion (2020)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Manufacturers; things that are made to be broken for improvising ensemble of at least 4 performers and electronics (2020)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Angler for Strings and Percussion (2018)
Angler for Strings and Percussion (2018)
Blok short study in timbre - for solo percussion (2020)
Manufacturers; things that are made to be broken for improvising ensemble of at least 4 performers and electronics (2020)
Proximity to the light... for solo guitar (2020)
Starling sandbox for solo piccolo (2020)
Tempting offers for solo trombone (2020)
The interference of forces from the beyond... for prepared guitar (2020)
Understated matter for double-bell horn (2020)