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Sean Friar
May 10, 2010, 12:29 am
Filed under: Composers


Sean Friar

Born: October 6, 1985

Current Location: Princeton, NJ



Composer and pianist Sean Friar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2007 with B.A.’s in Music and Psychology, and is currently the Harold W. Dodds Fellow and Roger Sessions Fellow in the Ph.D. program in composition at Princeton University.  His principal teachers include Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Dmitri Tymoczko and Paul Chihara.

His music has been performed internationally by such ensembles and performers as the American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, Orkest de Ereprijs, NOW Ensemble, Janus, Newspeak, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, TRANSIT, the Formalist Quartet, the New Pacific Trio, the New Millennium Ensemble, New Music Collective, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and 4-time Grammy-winning percussionist, Glen Velez.  Also active in computer music, Sean recently composed a work for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) and the inimitable electronic duo, Matmos, which received its premiere at the Kitchen in New York.

His past honors include the Aaron Copland Award and Residency at Copland House; the Lee Ettelson Composers Award (Composers, Inc.); three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards; residencies at Apeldoorn, Aspen, Bang on a Can, Bowdoin and Norfolk; an NMC New Works Commission; selection for the ACO/Penn Presents New Music Readings and Lab; 1st place in the SCI/ASCAP Composer Commission Competition (Region VIII); 1st place in the Hawaii Institute of Contemporary Music Competition; an ASCAPLUS Award; the Perkins Prize at Princeton; the Regents and Lalo Schifrin Scholarships at UCLA; and 1st prize in composition in the National PTA Reflections Contest.

Music and Recordings © 2010 Sean Friar (ASCAP)

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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