Dr. Sean Hawthorne has gained international recognition for his achievements as a
chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist and educator. He was appointed as the
assistant professor of cello at East Tennessee State University in 2018. Dr. Hawthorne
received his DMA from Stony Brook University in 2018, after having earned a Bachelor’s
Degree from The Juilliard School and a Master’s Degree from the Royal Conservatoire
of The Hague. His primary teachers were Richard Aaron, Michel Strauss and Colin Carr.
Dr. Hawthorne has enjoyed an active and far-reaching orchestral career performing
with orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, the Royal Philharmonic
in London, and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. He served as principal cellist
of the National Repertory Orchestra for two years, during which time he was featured
twice as a soloist, performing Strauss’s Don Quixote and Tchaikovsky’s Variations
on a Rococo Theme. In 2014, Dr. Hawthorne was selected as the Institute for Orchestral
Studies cello apprentice with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Maestro Pinchas
Zukerman. He has also been a member of a number of renowned summer festival orchestras,
including the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Hawthorne has collaborated with musicians such as Colin
Carr, Arnaud Sussmann, Jennifer Frautschi, and members of the Emerson String Quartet.
He has been a featured artist in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall
in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Dr. Anton Philipszaal in The Hague,
and Casa da Música in Porto. He has studied chamber music under the tutelage of the
Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, Gilbert Kalish, Sylvia Rosenberg,
Donald Weilerstein, Timothy Eddy, and David Finckel.
As a teacher, Dr. Hawthorne has held positions at Stony Brook University and Eastern
Music Festival. He established himself as a sought after teacher for young cello students
in the New York area, serving as cello instructor at the Herald Music School, the
Joyous Music School and the Music Academy of Long Island. Students of Dr. Hawthorne’s
have been accepted into top music programs, such as the Juilliard Pre-College program.