Sean O'Boyle AM
Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2015, New York/Bethlehem based Australian composer, conductor & master orchestrator, Sean O’Boyle, has conducted recordings and concerts with many leading Australian and international orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Dortmund Konzert, Lexington Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra . His compositions & orchestrations have been performed and or recorded by all the major Australian orchestras; European Orchestras include - Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and North American Orchestras include - the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops.
Sean has written for, conducted, directed and collaborated with many artists including; Dame Evelyn Glennie, Adam Lopez, James Morrison, The Whitlams, Tommy Emmanuel, Kate Ceberano, Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, Suzanne Kompass, David Hobson, Riley Lee, David Campbell, Jane Rutter, Gregory Moore and the electric string trio MASKE. He has written and produced music for more than 100 CDs recorded in collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has twice received the coveted ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work as a composer and his projects have received numerous ARIA (Australian GRAMMY) nominations & awards.
Sean has a keen interest in the music of indigenous Australians and in 2001 he collaborated with didgeridoo maestro, William Barton, in composing his Concerto for Didgeridoo & Orchestra. This concerto was ranked #32 in the ABC Classic FM “The Classic 100 Concertos” & #87 in ABC Classic 100 - 20th Century.
Sean is a master orchestrator and has contributed much to the concert platform, opera & ballet. As a Conductor, Sean has performed in concert halls as diverse as the iconic Sydney Opera House - Avery Fischer Hall (NYC) – Queens Hall (London) – Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto) and great concert spaces under the stars in Australia.
In 2014 Sean was appointed Chief Arranger & Composer in Residence of the Queensland Pops Orchestra and has contributed much music to the ANZAC Centenary commemorations. Notably his overture “Larrikins and Legends” embracing the spirit of the young ANZAC’s as they departed on the ‘great adventure’ and “Portraits of Immortal Love” composed for Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Dame Glennie writes of “Portraits of Immortal Love”
“The wonderful sound scape that Sean O’Boyle achieves in his percussion concerto ‘Portraits of Immortal Love’ constantly evolves into emotional sound stories depicting the power of love of all those involved in World War 1. Although this piece is a percussion concerto the composer writes beautifully for the orchestra allowing everything and everyone to shine thus creating air and balance in his music. The writing for percussion has great balance between exciting virtuosity and sheer beauty. This will certainly be a piece that will capture the imagination of performers and audiences alike.”
Sean and his wife Suzanne, have a home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where they are Artists in Residence at the USA's 6th oldest University, Moravian College.
At Moravian College, Sean is responsible for creating and implementing a recording program to create a new recording track degree and, to ensure the student composers and performers have every opportunity to present their work in the best possible way to help in their future careers. Sean teaches composition, advanced technology for composers and advanced orchestration – proudly sharing his vast knowledge with a new generation of musicians. Sean has been responsible for inviting luminary musicians, Steinway Artist Jeffrey Biegel, international percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie and Australia’s Guitar Master Tommy Emmanuel cgp to Moravian College.
Sean has proudly served his community as Company Director/Board Member of the Major Brisbane Festivals, professional advisory to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, artistic advisor to the Barrier Reef Orchestra and as a board member of the Ashintosh Trust/Teddy Bear Hospital.