You are invited to a special performance by pianist Sean Sutherland. In 2016, Sean competed in the Van Cliburn Amateur Competition and this September he will be heading to the Chopin International Piano Competition for Amateurs in Poland. We hope you can join us for an evening of music by Polish composers Ignacy Jan Paderewski & Fryderyk Chopin.
Born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sean Sutherland serendipitously discovered the piano as a child and was instantly enamored. At 15, Sean was offered a scholarship to study piano at one of the Royal Schools of Music, but had to decline under strong parental directive as he had not yet completed high school. Even though his opportunities for studying piano were limited on St. Vincent, however, he resumed his studies upon his arrival at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while earning a Bachelor’s degree in music, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
After working in several industries, Mr. Sutherland pursued an MBA at McGill University in Montreal. Since graduating, he has started a niche tutorial service that specializes in standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, SSAT, and GMAT). He has lectured at McGill University as an adjunct professor of international finance and information systems. Given his interest in education, Sean completed a master’s degree, focused on Learning and Design Technologies at Stanford University in 2017. Sean subsequently moved to Toronto, Canada where he currently works as a Product Manager.
Over the years, Sean has continued to pursue his passion for classical piano music as an amateur pianist and has performed solo recitals in the US, Canada, Germany, and throughout the Caribbean. Sean has also collaborated with many instrumentalists and singers and has a keen interest in performing classical music on the steelpan. Sean has performed Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a soloist with the National Steel (Steelpan) Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and 2014 respectively. In 2016, Sean was a semifinalist in the Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition and was invited to perform at Gasteig, the premier cultural center in Munich, Germany, in March 2017. Sean was also a finalist at the Boston Amateur Piano Competition in 2017. Sean will travel to Warsaw, Poland in September 2018 to compete in The International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists.
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