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Sean Foran : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: A New Beginning (sextets: keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind) by Sean Foran, from the CD Healthy

Photo of Sean Foran

Photo: Gerry Walden

Award-winning pianist and composer Sean Foran, is a musician with a clear sense of individual aesthetic, his music is melodic, engaging, and manages to draw stylistic influences together in a vibrant manner.

He has received the prestigious Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship, APRA Professional Development Award (Jazz), the QLD Music Award for Jazz (7 times) and the APRA/AMC State Award for Excellence in Jazz. A member of the acclaimed improvising trios TRICHOTOMY & Berardi/Foran/Karlen he has collaborated with the QLD Symphony Orchestra, Expressions Dance company, international jazz artists Julian Arguelles, Froy Aagre & Pascal Schumacher plus a range of classical groups, Topology, Southern Cross Soloists, Lunaire & Collusion.

His performance experience is extensive, with performances at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Jazzahead Bremen, Manchester Jazz Festival and tours in the UK, China, Europe, Canada, South America and Korea. His recorded music features on labels internationally in the UK, Holland and Japan, and he has been commissioned to write for the QLD Theatre Company, Expressions Dance Company, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival, DeClassified Music Festival and the Brisbane International Jazz Festival.

Sean is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium with a Major in Jazz Piano. He also holds a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance with Distinction from the Leeds College of Music UK. He has studied at the prestigious Banff Centre Jazz & Creative Music Workshop and privately in Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, France & the UK with leading musicians including John Taylor, Tord Gustavsen, Baptiste Trotignon, Matthew Bourne and Lars Jansson.

In 2020 he completed his Doctorate, with his research investigating the relationship between acoustic improvisation and improvising with technology in jazz trio ensembles.

He is currently Head of Music at JMC Academy Brisbane & co-director of the specialist publishing company Prepared Sounds. He is an associate artist of the Australian Music Centre, Board Member at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Jazz Councillor for Music Australia.






"Lyrical expression in the manner of pianists John Taylor or Bobo Stenson" (BBC Online)

"a gifted pianist with abundant ideas and the technique to go with them (Irish Times)

"Foran's compositions are always interesting using restraint and intricate subtlety, incorporating classical ideas into a jazz-format" (The Australian)

Sean Foran — current to March 2021

Collaborated with

Trichotomy (1999 - 2020)

Topology (2003 - 2005)

Kristin Berardi (2014 - 2020)

Rafael Karlen (2014 - 2020)

Stuart McCallum (2015 - 2019)

Pascal Schumacher (2018 - 2020)


Studied with

John Taylor (2007 - 2009)


Influenced by

Tord Gustavsen


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2011 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Jazz Finalist That Which is Not Fleeting

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
That Which is Not Fleeting : for jazz trio + percussion (2020) Commissioned by the Regional Arts Development Fund, Moreton Bay Regional Council Qld