Lecturer, Classical Guitar
MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, CA
BM, San Diego State University, CA
BS, San Diego State University, CA
Sean Bassett is a Southern California native who began playing guitar in his early teens. Originally inspired by bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, he migrated to the electric guitar during his formative years. At San Diego State University he was introduced to a wide range of musical forms and undertook studies in the Classical Guitar. Sean graduated Cum Laude from SDSU where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as a Management Major. He also was invited to join three honors societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and The Golden Key. In 2012 Sean completed his studies at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he earned a Master of Music in Classical Guitar. Sean’s educational pursuits have allowed him the opportunity of studying with accomplished musicians such as The Katona Twins, Fred Benedetti, Lawrence Ferrara, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz, Robert Wetzel, and Richard Savino.
Sean began performing professionally in his teens as the guitarist and lead singer for the heavy metal band Eradicate. Currently, he performs with alongside his twin in a guitar duo called The Bassett Bros. Their diverse repertoire includes music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras and spans to more contemporary genres like Rock, Blues, and Heavy Metal. Not afraid to mix and match varied styles, their programs often include unique interpretations of concert hall classics. The duo has performed for a wide variety of audiences in concert venues, schools, libraries, churches, fairs, outreach programs, veterans centers, and private events. The Bassett Bros. have also performed well recognized concertos such as “Concierto Madrigal” by Joaquin Rodrigo and “Concerto in G Major” by Antonio Vivaldi. The Bassett Bros. are also members of the SWARMIUS ensemble, a group which combines many eclectic musical traditions while keeping its compositional footing firmly in the present day.
Sean currently teaches Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Methods, and Private Studio Instruction in Classical Guitar at SDSU. Aside from teaching students in the degree program, Sean also teaches guitar students of the SDSU Community Music School. He is also affiliated with the Heartpower Performances and the SDSU Adams Project Performers Network.