Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of Scottish and Japanese heritage, Sean studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. He is the first guitarist to be admitted to the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Other awards include the Royal Overseas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009) and D’Addarrio endorsement.
Over the last two years Sean has appeared as soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.
Concert highlights include his debut solo recital at Wigmore Hall, taking part in the Britten celebrations in Aldeburgh, Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend and the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida. This season he returns to Wigmore Hall and the Marlboro Festival.
Drawn to chamber music and song, Sean has collaborated with the Danish String Quartet recording Boccherini’s Fandango, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and singers Robin Tritschler and Ben Johnson in repertoire ranging from 20th Century English song to music by Schubert, Weber and Seiber. Earlier this year he performed music for voice and guitar from Spain and Latin America with the BBC Singers broadcast live by Radio 3. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015.