Sean Samimi, the Managing Director and Founder of Aranjuez Artists Inc., completed his music studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (BM, MM, GC in classical guitar performance, and courses in Audio Engineering and Arts Management).
Sean joined the Los Angeles office of the renowned artist agency Opus 3 Artists, LLC in 2009 and assisted its management with a large number of distinguished instrumental soloists and conductors—in the process building up a network of music industry professionals from around the world. He joined the Philharmonic Society of Orange County in 2013 as an Artistic Administrator, overseeing operations and programming of instrumental soloists, chamber music ensembles, and orchestras. As a Board Member and Artistic Advisor of the Laguna Beach Music Festival (in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!), he led the 2015 festival’s programming and production to its first ever sold-out performances in their 13-year history. Having earned the confidence and trust of many artists combined with a vast knowledge of ‘Artists and Repertoire’ that he has become known for, Sean founded Aranjuez Artists, Inc. in 2015 to represent them nationally and internationally.
He is frequently invited to give lectures on music business industry topics related to Arts and Non-profit Management, Artist Management, Careers in Music, and Developing Entrepreneurial Skills. He’s been invited to give music business and entrepreneurship lectures at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, 2016 Guitar Masters Festival and Competition (Wrocław, Poland), 2018 Miami International GuitART Festival and Chapman University where he’ll be returning again in of fall 2017. His background in audio recording, A&R, and artist management has made him a favorite candidate among festivals and competitions to invite for jury duty. Recent distinguished festival and competitions invitations include Olsztyn Guitar Festival (Poland), 2016 Guitar Masters International Competition, 2018 The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.