Sean Shepherd has gained admiration and return engagements with major ensembles and performers across the globe. He served as the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow of the Cleveland Orchestra, culminating with the premiere of Tuolumne in April 2013; other performances include those with the New York Philharmonic, the National, BBC and New World symphony orchestras, at festivals in Aldeburgh, Heidelberg, La Jolla, Lucerne, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood, and with leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Shepherd’s Magiya, written for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, toured the US and Europe in summer 2013 in the orchestra’s first performances with Valery Gergiev. In March 2013, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble debuted his Quintet at various New York venues. His orchestral work, Songs, written for the New York Philharmonic, was performed in 2014 in recognition as the orchestra’s first Kravis Emerging Composer. That same year, his solo harp piece, ribboned / braided / spun, was premiered by acclaimed harpist Sivan Magen at Carnegie Hall. 2015 saw the world premiere of his new Concerto for Ensemble by Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Other recent premieres include Blue Blazes, a Hechinger Commission from Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra, performed in Washington, DC and on a South American tour; Blur for Ensemble Intercontemporain and Susanna Mälkki, in Paris and Cologne; Quartet for Oboe and Strings at the Santa Fe and La Jolla summer festivals; and Trio for the Claremont Trio, in celebration of the opening of Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Shepherd served from 2010 to 2012 as the first-ever Composer-in-Residence of his hometown orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, where he composed two works, Silvery Rills and Desert Garden, and engaged in a variety of community outreach and educational initiatives.
Shepherd’s education includes degrees in composition and bassoon performance from Indiana University, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and doctoral work at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He lives in New York.
Shepherd joins us for the West Coast premiere performance of his Blue Blazes on Saturday, August 15th.