On October 27, 2015 Canadian Music Centre / Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) announced the appointment of Sean Bickerton as Director – BC Region.
Bickerton has spent his life dedicated to the performing arts. He studied violin, French horn, piano, singing and acting in his youth, later playing violin professionally in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra while studying violin performance at the University of Victoria. He also served as concertmaster of the University of Victoria Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
As an arts administrator, Bickerton most recently headed up the Vancouver Recital Society as executive director, and previously was a vice president of Columbia Artists in New York where he produced North American tours for leading European orchestras and chamber ensembles and managed Grammy Award-winning artists.
Bickerton is co-founder of KultureShock.Net, a website service for more than 160 performing artists and has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, Van Cliburn Competition and Chamber Music America.
Bickerton moved back to Vancouver in 2006 and has been closely involved in arts and community issues ever since – running for city council twice, serving on the Vancouver Recital Society board, heading up a task force for the Langley Community Music School, producing Vancouver 2050: Creative City arts conference, and serving on the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council.
He takes over the leadership of CMC BC from Bob Baker, who ran the Regional Centre for six years of exciting growth and expansion.