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Quinn is a Toronto-based composer, guitarist, bassist, and educator. His music forges an undulating sonic landscape from raw materials of groove and theatre, taking listeners on a journey that explores the nature of freedom, ritual, and time.
Quinn composes music for ensembles of all sizes, and has recently written for groups such as NOW Ensemble (USA), Shaw Street Collective (Canada), The Rogue Trio (USA), the Jong Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (The Netherlands), and the Fenrych Quartet (The Netherlands). He has worked with groups ranging from big bands and jazz combos to string quartets and solo pianists. Quinn also serves as the composer-in-residence for Toronto’s Secret Shakespeare Series, composing and performing incidental music for Shakespeare plays. In addition to composing, Quinn is the founder and artistic director of the experimental music-theatre company Din of Shadows, and performs regularly as a guitarist and bassist around the city.
Growing up, Quinn spent his time divided between building lego cities, reading fantasy novels, playing hockey, and watching Austin Powers movies. Though he began playing piano as a young boy, it wasn’t until he started composing on the instrument a few years later that his passion for music was truly ignited. Insatiably thirsty, he soaked up every musical opportunity he could find. By his late teens, Quinn was studying cello, guitar, bass, trumpet, and music theory, setting his life’s course firmly in stone.
Riding the wave of his curiosity, Quinn decided to pursue music at the post-secondary level. This took him to Boston’s Berklee College of Music (BMus, Jazz Composition and Performance), The Netherlands’ Utrecht Conservatory (MMus, Composition), and the University of Toronto, where he is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition. Quinn has been teaching guitar, ukelele, piano, music theory, and composition since 2012, and maintains a full roster of students while the sun is out. He stays active in the Toronto music scene, but has also worked to cultivate a presence around the world, receiving performances in Montreal, Halifax, Boston, Chicago, Rochester, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, and Estonia.
Quinn looks forward to all the sounds that have yet to be made!