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Second Clarinet

Sean Rice

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sean Rice has performed extensively throughout North America and around the world.  His broadcasts include recitals with CBC National Radio, performances for Swiss Radio DRS, and Newfoundland’s weekly music program,Musicraft.  At an early age, Mr. Rice was invited to perform a matinee concert with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during their 2002 Atlantic Tour and since then he has appeared as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Axiom, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Symphony Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Memorial University Chamber Orchestra.

Gaining recognition as an exciting performer of contemporary music, The New York Times recently described Mr. Rice as a “technically precise, exuberant protagonist,” for his performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Quintet.  Mr. Rice has performed at Pierre Boulez’s Lucerne Festival Academy (2008-2010), New York City’s Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series (2007-2009), The Juilliard School’s 2007 Chamberfest, The Juilliard School’s Focus! Festival, the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program (2005-2006), Banff Music Festival, and Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival.  In addition, Mr. Rice has performed numerous chamber music recitals as a guest of Memorial University’s Faculty Recital Series.

Following his 2007 Montreal debut at Jeunesses Musicales, La Presse wrote: “…clarinettiste canadien Sean Rice y révéla une technique impeccable, une authentique musicalité, une sonorité tour à tour éclatante et chaleureuse, et un vrai talent de chambriste.”  Mr. Rice continued the 2007/08 season in his first national tour with pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre for Jeunesses Musicales touring series.  In addition to performances throughout Canada, Mr. Rice has performed in major cities in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia, Brazil, and most recently Japan where he presented recitals for the 2009 & 2010 Kyoto International Music Festivals.

Sean Rice is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland where he received his Bachelor of Music while studying with Paul Bendzsa.  Continuing his studies under the tutelage of Charles Neidich, Mr. Rice graduated with a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and has maintained his studies there as a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate.  As a student at music festivals, Mr. Rice has had the fortune of studying with prominent clarinetists Kimball Sykes, Alain Damiens, Alain Billard, and Fan Lei.  The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Rice received first prize at the 2006 Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec Canadian Concerto Competition.

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