GARDE, SEAN R. (b. 1991)

Sean Garde (b. August 19, 1991 Portland, Maine) saxophonist, composer, and arranger Sean began his study of saxophone at age 12. At age 16 he began the study of piano and composition, writing several virtuosic works for solo piano during the ensuing years. From 2010-2015, Sean did his collegiate studies of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with saxophonist Allen Cordingley. From 2012-2015, Sean met and worked with composition professor Dr. Amy Dunker.
As an advocate of new music, Sean has given the world premiere of pieces by composers including Zach Buechner, Adam O'Dell, and Amy Dunker in order to expand the classical saxophone repertoire. Addition work has been done with composers Tim Gelhaus and Chris Arroyo.
He has had the great opportunity to take lessons with Steven Jordheim, Sarah Kind, David Hastings, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy, Stephen Page, Christian Wirth, Jérôme Laran, and Jean-Yves Fourmeau, as well as participate in master classes given by Jean-Marie Londeix, Marco Albonetti and Claude Delange. In January of 2013 Sean was the first American to attend the Stage d'Interpretation et du Virtuosity in Saint-Maur-des-Fossées, France attending lessons, master classes, and lectures given by world renowned French saxophonists.
Sean was named the winner of the 2013 University of Wisconsin Platteville Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. During the spring of 2014 Sean attended Colorado Mesa University under a Nation Student Exchange scholarship to study saxophone with Dr. Stephen Page.
In the spring of 2014, Sean was personally invited to attend the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti Trento to earn a performance certificate studying with world renowned Italian saxophonist Marco Albonetti during the 2015-16 school year.