Sean Le Van is 15. He has given many professional concerts since the age of 5 years old, along with members of his family, The Le Van Family Musicians. He started as a singer in various styles and soon developed a passion for jazz improvisation and composition on the piano. He began composing minuets for piano when he was 8, one of which was published in Piano Explorer Magazine, as well as integrating his own pieces in the family ensemble concerts. He created his own blues as he became immersed in jazz and started teaching himself the idiom. A highlight of his early jazz performances was being able to perform his composition at the 26th International Jazz Festival in Munster, France, when he was 12. He now embraces several musical genres, including jazz and classical.
In 2015, Sean received the National Winner Award in the category "Prodigy" of the National Guild of Piano Teachers (American College of Musicians). He was also a laureate winner of the 2010 American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented competition, which led him to perform in the “Passion of Music Festival” at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bechstein Hall as a classical pianist. Soon after, he was invited to perform with his family in the 3rd Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg under the patronage of the U.S. embassy. In jazz, he has been engaged to perform at various clubs and festivals, such as Steamers Jazz Club, the Curtis Theatre (Brea) under the patronage of Resonance Records, and the 26th Munster International Jazz Festival in France. Sean has made acclaimed solo appearances and shared the stage with vibraphonist Michel Hausser, bassist Bruce Lett, bassist Benjamin May, drummer Mack Gordon, pianist Llew Matthews, bassist Putter Smith, drummer Mourad Benhammou as well as jazz veteran Shep Shepherd, among others. Most recently, he was selected as the pianist of the brass band in the 19th Bill Green mentorship program organized by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He performed at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles and made a professional recording which will be out in June.
His mentor is pianist Max Haymer, and he receives regular instruction from Michael Le Van (jazz piano), Benjamin May (jazz piano) and Eric Le Van (classical piano).
Sean is also a prodigy in computer programming. In his free time, he enjoys running and skateboarding, playing with his cocker spaniel, as well as reading in science, literature, philosophy, and history.