Sean Osborn

Affiliation: Metropolitan Opera, University of Washington, International Soloist

Artist's Biography
Praised as \" excellent clarinettist,\" by The New York Times, Sean Osborn, former clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has performed on four continents since his recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the age of 17. His performance of Nieslen\'s Clarinet Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra was \"especially admired\" for the \"beautifully inflected phrases\" by the critics of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Gramophone Magazine called him \"a master clarinetist.\"

Appointed over nearly 300 other applicants to a position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Osborn was the youngest clarinetist in the history of the Met. He has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. During his orchestral career, he has been singled out for praise of his \"bravura technique\" (Oggi) and his \"slenderly eloquent\" solos (Village Voice). In solo performances, he has been praised for his \"ability to describe attractively shaped musical arcs with his fluid tone\", and \"demonstrate[ing] the effortlessness of his technique in a performance of Francaix\'s pyrotechnical Concerto.\"

Touring the country extensively, Mr. Osborn has performed live and in recital on many radio stations, and nationally on NPR\'s Performance Today. Sean is a top prize winner in both the ARTS Competition and the International Clarinet Society Competition, and in 1984 was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has also participated in the Marlboro, Colorado, Aspen and Keystone music festivals, and recorded for Sony Classics, London, Deutsche Grammaphon, CRI, and others. His new solo CD American Spirit was released in December, 2003 on Albany Records.

A student of Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Osborn is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy where he received its highest honor: The Young Artists Certificate. He also received a Master\'s Degree from Southern Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Eric Mandat. Mr. Osborn has given numerous master classes throughout the country at schools such as The Eastman School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, Rice University, and The New World School of the Arts. He has also recently been appointed clarinet teacher at the University of Washington.

A frequent chamber musician, Mr. Osborn has collaborated with James Levine, Donald Weilerstien, Richard Stoltzman, the St. Lawrance String Quartet, and members of the Colorado String Quartet, and Tokyo String Quartet as well as members of the orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and many others.

Mr. Osborn is also a composer who\'s works have been performed by members of the Marlboro Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Saxophone Quartet, and the faculty of the Juilliard School, to name a few. He is the recipient of an ASCAP award, his Symphony #1 \"September 11th\" received an Accomplished Musician award from the Ibla Foundation, and his Quartet for four Bb clarinets, called \"delectable\" by The Clarinet, is published by Presser Music.

Artist's Influences
Stanley Hasty, Eric Mandat, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Opera, New Music, Chamber Music

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Discography for Sean Osborn

Bits and Pieces - Albany Records
Sean Osborn plays Mozart - Albany Records
Rose 32 Etudes - Albany Records
American Spirit - Albany Records

Chamber Music
Eric Mandat - Black Swirls CD - Cirrus Music
Chinary Ung - Seven Mirrors - New World Records
Chen Yi - Sparkle - Composers Recordings Inc. 804
Robert Manno - Chamber Music - Musician Showcase MS 1029

Principal Clarinet
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi Ballet Music (featured solo) - Sony 52489
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Beethoven \"Eroica\", Schubert \"Unfinished\" - DG 439862
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"Luisa Miller\" - Sony 48073
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"Rigoletto\" - DG 447064
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"Il Trovatore\" - Sony 48070

Eb Clarinet
New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur - Shostakovich Sym. 7 - Teldec 3984-21467-2
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Stravinsky \"Le Sacre\", Moussorgsky \"Pictures\" - DG 437531
MET Orchestra, James Levine -Berg \"Lulu,\" \"Wozzeck\" Suites, Three Pieces - Sony 53959
The Nonpareil Wind Band, Timothy Foley - A Grand Sousa Concert - EMI 54130

Other Clarinet
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwartz - Schuman Sym. 7 & 10 - Naxos B000B6N6CC
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Strauss \"Tod und Verklarung\", \"Don Quixote\" - DG 47762
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Levine 25th Anniversary - DG 49177
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Bryn Terfel Opera Arias - DG 45866
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Mozart Arias Kathleen Battle - Phillips 439949
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Wagner \"Fliegende Hollander\" - Sony 66342
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Wagner \"Parsifal\" - DG 37501
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Mozart \"Idomineo\" - DG 47737
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"Aida\" - Sony 45973
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"La Traviata\" - DG 35797
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"Don Carlo\" - Sony 53507
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Verdi \"I Lombardi\" - London 455287
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Puccini \"Manon Lescaut\" - London 440200
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Mozart \"Le Nozze di Figaro\" - DG 31619
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Donezetti - \"L\'Elisire d\'Amore\" - DG 29744
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine - Maestro of the Met, James Levine and Friends - DG 49229
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Wagner Overtures - DG 35874
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Wagner Orchestral Music - Phillips 447764
MET Orchestra, James Levine - Cecilia Bartoli Opera Arias

Plus dozens of amalgam, compilation, greatest hits and sampler CDs based on the above.

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