Seán: Irish form of the French Jean, derived from Johannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name Ioannes, itself derived from the Hebrew Yôhânân, “God has been gracious”. This name owes its consistent popularity to two New Testament characters, both highly revered as saints. The first was John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ and a victim of beheading by Herod Antipas. The second was the apostle John, also supposedly the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation
Alexander: from the Greek name Alexandros, which meant “defending men” from Greek alexein “to defend, help” and aner “man” (genitive andros). Alexander the Great, King of Macedon, is the most famous bearer of this name. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India
Christie: a Scottish name: diminutive form of the first name Christian (meaning ‘follower of Christ’) and possibly also of Christopher (meaning ‘Christ carrier’). The Christie name eventually grew into popular use as a surname in Scotland. A sept of Clan Farquharson
My name is Seán, I am seventeen years old and I live with my family in Zurich. I am a student at a private grammar school. It took me a while to find my way in life, but now things are going fine. It is already important for me to be able to earn a bit of money on the side. It is exciting to experience various aspects of the music world in this way. Beside various small jobs I also work for TonhalleLATE which is a lot of fun. I also have a soft spot for animals and like cuddling our cats. And of course I like going out on the town with friends and colleagues.
I have been going to the grammar school in the Neue Schule Zürich since Summer 2011. Being at such a small school has its pluses and minuses. I decided to go for the “Economics and Law” profile, and economy is one of my favourite subjects, along with biology. It is also important for me that this smaller school provides the opportunity for me to carry on doing music intensively.
Since I was six and a half, I have been playing the double bass. A few years later, I took up the electric bass too. I started with a 1/10 bass, and since February 2012 I have my own instrument, a copy of a Montagnana 1647 bass built by the Verdiani Brothers from Siena, Italy. As a member of the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra, I have already been to Italy, Argentina and South Africa on tour, with Asia planned for Autumn 2013. In the Trio Anthropoi (clarinet, accordion and double bass), we play tango, klezmer and folk music from Eastern Europe. When I have time I relax by playing computer games, and I love to conjure up something tasty out of leftovers in the kitchen. And I’m the risotto expert in the family. In winter, I’m on my snowboard as much as possible. For the rest of the time I keep fit working out with weights and rushing around on my bicycle in the town.