Praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “technical aplomb and keen expressive nuance,” saxophonist Sean Meyers performs as a soloist and collaborative artist across the United States. He has given world premieres of more than twenty new compositions for saxophone, including the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra by Andrew Boss, which he premiered and recorded in Baltimore in 2015.
Other world premieres include compositions with electronics and multimedia by Monte Taylor, Hunter Prueger, and Nicholas Perry Clark, and several new works for reed quintet commissioned by Vanguard Reed Quintet. Equally at home with the full expanse of the saxophone’s wide-ranging repertoire, Sean enjoys performing composers ranging from Alexander Glazunov to Luciano Berio to Jennifer Higdon. He has performed on stages across the United States including National Sawdust, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Missouri Theatre, Kerrytown Concert House, Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Ann Arbor's historic Hill Auditorium.
An avid chamber musician, Sean is the saxophonist and co-founder of the Vanguard Reed Quintet. A Silver Medalist at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the ensemble boasts a number of other competition awards, including Second Prize and Michigan Prize at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and Honorable Mention at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In late 2019, the ensemble will release its debut full-length album titled Red Leaf Collection, featuring world premiere recordings of six works commissioned by the ensemble. In August 2018, VRQ premiered three of these new pieces—by Gala Flagello, Nina Shekhar, and Daniel Zlatkin—at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.
Sean’s passion for making music exciting and accessible to everyone and his enthusiasm for new music and innovative concert experiences drives much of his work as a performer and educator. He has led various educational engagement activities with the Vanguard Reed Quintet, partnering with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Public Schools, Brightmoor Arts Camp, and other schools throughout southeast Michigan. As a co-founder and former executive director of the Baltimore-based non-profit chamber orchestra Symphony Number One, he fueled the orchestra’s mission to develop close working relationships with young and emerging composers, give new works multiple hearings, produce substantial recordings of new works, and create innovative musical programs for the community.
Currently residing in Austin, Texas, Sean is pursuing post-graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music and runs a private saxophone studio in the Austin area. Sean holds bachelor’s degrees in saxophone performance and music education from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Sean’s principle teachers include Gary Louie, Timothy McAllister, and Stephen Page.