Sean Grace

Sean Grace's playing has been described as “eloquent, supple and evocative ... sometimes gentle, at all times sophisticated, and always exuberant”. His warm, sensuous tone and breathless technique redefine the flute in contemporary jazz and instrumental pop.

Born on Long Island, New York to Irish immigrant parents and the youngest of eight, Grace demonstrated a unique musical talent at a young age.

By the age of 7, he was already accomplished on both the Irish tin whistle and baroque recorder and was composing songs on piano and organ. He got his first flute at age 8, performed at Carnegie Hall at 11 and entered the Juilliard School pre-college program on scholarship at 12.

Whilst pursuing his early conservatory education, Grace also developed his craft in celtic folk, progressive rock and jazz. He attended Purchase College in New York as a performance major, won multiple young artist classical competitions and in 1989 competed in the all-world championship for Irish flute in Sligo Ireland.

In 1993 Grace released his first album of original compositions - “Storm Rising” followed by “Celtic Voyage” in 1995, when he also headlined benefit concerts for Amnesty International throughout the northeast U.S.

In 2004, his CD “New Frontiers” was in steady rotation on adult alternative, new age and smooth jazz radio with his tracks “Street Flight”, “Winter Dreams” and “New Frontiers”. RJ Lannan of the Sounding Board described the CD as “a musical alchemist's crossover dream... his Celtic-rock meets instrumental jazz formula puts him in his own class of musical wizardry”.

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