An emerging tuba player, Sean Burke grew up in the city of the Redlands in South-East Queensland. Growing up in a family of folk musicians, Sean always enjoyed the quirky nature of music and at nine years old, decided the quirkiest way he could be a musician was to be a professional trombonist. When tragedy struck at age thirteen in the form of a broken right collarbone (which rendered him unable to operate a trombone slide), and a little nudge from his high school music teacher, Sean fell in love with the world of valved low brass.
Since his accidental introduction to the euphonium and soon after, the tuba, Sean has enjoyed performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra and various Queensland Youth Orchestras ensembles. He also loves playing chamber music in many different ensemble settings, progressing to the finals of the 4MBS/Sid Page Chamber Music Prize in 2016 as well as premiering many works for brass quintets, tuba quartets and low brass quartets.
As a soloist, Sean has premiered works for tuba and is always looking for new music to perform. In 2018, Sean was named the winner of the University of Queensland Wind and Brass Prize. Sean is also the Chief Conductor of the Australian Anime Orchestra, an ensemble he co-founded, and has waved the baton for a number of youth ensembles across Brisbane.
Sean hopes to pursue a career as a tuba player and expand audience experience with the various musical capabilities of the tuba. When he isn't playing the tuba, Sean enjoys film photography, patting his dog Trixie, and questioning the Cricket Australia Selection Panel's decision to omit Nathan Lyon from Australia's international short form squads over the last four years.
Sean is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
IN SEAN'S WORDS
“I am currently studying a diploma of youth work at TAFE. In high school I was also a passionate field hockey player, and would play two or three games a week.”
Photo by Pia Johnson