Multi-genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. He is the 2016 Scottish Fiddle National Champion and an award-winning Irish fiddler. Seán holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance, and has recently been named an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland for Spring 2019. Seán has been on the faculty at summer camps such as Acadia Trad School and Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat. He was selected to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in Aug 2017.
Seán has performed with traditional music icons such as Irish fiddle legend Liz Carroll, acclaimed Scottish fiddler Pete Clark, cellist virtuoso Natalie Haas, and uilleann piper Paddy Keenan.
Seán made his Classical solo debut with the Virginia Symphony in 2012 performing Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto. A composer and arranger, Seán has won national awards including the 2016 Scottish Fiddling Revival’s Tune writing competition. In April 2017, he was a featured soloist with the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, VA. Currently based in Washington DC, Seán performs locally with the band Skylark and is a regular performer for the British Embassy Scottish Affairs Office and the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington. He also frequently travels abroad as a solo artist, and maintains a private teaching studio in Falls Church, VA.