Despite a self description as a “hobbyist musician,”anyone who knows Sean can tell you his life has been intimately linked to music. Born the eldest of five children in the cradle of the Salt Lake valley, Sean was raised in a home that featured a radio in every room, and parents who would explain the stories behind Korsikov's Scheherezade or Holst's planets as the family listened to the music. His mother encouraged her children to take music lessons, and Sean studied piano. However, typical young boy priorities began to take over and after a few years Sean quit his lessons, a move he now refers to as “one of the worst decisions of my life.” The end of lessons was not the end of music however, as Sean was frequently drawn back to the piano, listening to and emulating favorites by composers such as Enya and David Lanz.
It wasn't until his first year of college that Sean began to turn his attentions towards his music more seriously. Adjusting to life away from home, the piano in the dorm lounge became both friend and adversary. Friend because it allowed a creative outlet for his emotions, adversary because Sean quickly discovered he was hobbled by his limited formal training. Frustration at his inability to play his favorite popular songs crescendoed until finally Sean began hammering the piano keys seeking combinations and fingerings that produced harmonious results.
Sean is known for his strong drive to succeed in whatever he turns his hand to, and music was no exception. With persistence and nurturing, the rough seeds planted in the dorm lounge eventually grew into melodies that became his salvation. Though an electrical engineering major, Sean focused his studies on audio and acoustics, while also pursing a music minor. His efforts allowed him to be the second student to graduate from Utah State University with an Electronic Music Engineering degree. Though Sean finds that most people are unfamiliar with the hybrid degree, he doesn't mind; it enabled him to buy a piano through student loans.
With the encouragement of family and friends, Sean released his first CD, Patterns, in December of 2006. Hailed as “a very impressive debut” by Kathy Parsons of Solo Piano Publications, Patterns contains a collection of fifteen original piano solos that have drawn comparisons to Jon Schmidt and Suzanne Ciani, as well as others. Often described as “natural and expressive,” the songs included on Patterns showcase a wide range of emotions and a variety of compositional styles that have garnered praise ranging all the way from “wistful and dreamy” to “turbulent and powerful.” Crisp, uncluttered, and unencumbered by excessive adornment or unnecessary embellishment, Sean's melodies convey the deep and abiding love of music that has accompanied Sean throughout his life.