Sean Paxton spent his childhood in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Sonora, California, where he studied piano, woodwinds, and brass. Choosing piano as his main instrument, and having an affection for jazz, Sean enrolled at the University of Southern California as a jazz performance major studying with Milcho Leviev and Cedar Walton.
After finishing his degree, Sean spent a year in Glasgow, Scotland, playing in hotels and restaurants and working with the Lothian Gaelic Choir in Edinburgh. He then returned to California, working in San Francisco with several jazz and pop groups before moving back to Los Angeles to continue his career as a composer and music director.
During the next several years, Sean music-directed and played for many theaters in Southern California and around the country. He has written scores for productions such as the Odyssey Theater’s Good Woman of Setzuan for which he received an LA Weekly award nomination, The Greeks, which won an LA Weekly award for production of the year, and Faust.
Recent films include work for director Saeed Khoze on his award-winning Virginity and Damn Foreigners.
In 2005, the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop selected Sean as a participant, and presented him with the Harold Arlen Award, a designation for a young composer who shows promise in the field of film music.