Sharon Isbin


Sharon Isbin Photo credit: J. Henry Fair

Acclaimed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” Sharon Isbin has been soloist with 200 orchestras and performed in the world’s finest halls. Winner of the Toronto, Madrid, and Munich competitions, Germany’s Echo Klassikand Guitar Player’s Best Classical Guitarist awards, she performed in Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial, the White House by invitation of President Obama, and as the only classical artist in the 2010 Grammy Awards. The documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations, won the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award. Other recent highlights include a work commissioned for her by Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Harris Theater, a concerto by Chris Brubeck, a 21-city Guitar Passions tour, collaborations with Sting and Amjad Ali Khan, and performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Her recording Alma Española was honored with a 2018 Grammy for Producer of the Year. Recent additions to her discography of 30 recordings include Souvenirs of Spain & Italy with the Pacifica Quartet (to be released in August 2019), and Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums. Her Grammy-winning Journey to the New World spent 63 weeks on top Billboard charts, and her Latin Grammy-nominated disc with the New York Philharmonic is the orchestra’s only recording with guitar. She has commissioned and premiered over 80 works by some of the world’s finest composers, and directs guitar departments she created at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival.