Sean Osborn

Clarinetist and Composer

Sean Osborn has traveled North America, Europe, and Japan as soloist and chamber musician, and traveled the world during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him “ excellent clarinetist,” the Boston Globe called him “...a miracle,” and Gramophone “...a master.” With over forty concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, CRI, and others, as well as premiering works by John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Phillip Glass to name a few. Sean has performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. He is also an award-winning composer whose chamber works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. Visit him on-line at

It’s the ‘golden age’ of U.S. composing, Seattle chamber-music fest director proclaims

James Ehnes is right, and I'm thrilled to be performing Aaron Jay Kernis's Quinet "Perpetual Chaconne" with amazing colleagues this weekend. Rehearsals are going superbly - honored to play with such great musicians! Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival patrons will hear contemporary music paired with the classics — works by John Adams, Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon and Paul Schoenfield — thanks to James Ehnes.

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Dear Friends,

Please join me on Sunday, January 22 at Benaroya Hall for a performance of Aaron Jay Kernis beatifully transcendent "Perpetual Chaconne" for clarinet and string quartet. My magnifiscent colleagues will be Amy Schwartz Moretti, Alexander Kerr, Richard O'Neill, and Yegor Dyachkov.

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For Sale

I have a Buffet Festival Bb clarinet for sale. It was my main clarinet when I was at the MET, and has been my spare since. This superior clarinet should be played, not sitting in it's case in my house. Details here:

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Consider NOCCO in your year-end giving. Help support this orchestra of chamber musicians, and make them able to provide top-notch musical experiences all through this season and into the next ones. Click the "donate" button in the upper right at

Also, or instead, consider Jack Straw, and especially their Artist Support Grants (two-time recipient here - they're great!) - a wonderful organization and a real Seattle treasure.

It's that time of year!

Backun International Clarinet Competition and Event

Looks great! Get your applications for the competition and registration for the event in soon!! Backun 2017 International Clarinet Competition and Event Hosted by the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the 2017 Ba



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