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Sharon Isbin


The pre-eminent guitarist of our time.
  Boston Magazine
 
 
The Monet of the classical guitar ... a master colorist.
  Atlanta Journal

 

Sharon Isbin & Stanley Jordan performing Sonidos de aquel dia
on Sharon’s CD Sharon Isbin & Friends: GUITAR PASSIONS
 

Sharon Isbin - 5 Classic Albums (Box set)   NEW RELEASE
Sharon Isbin - 5 Classic Albums (Box set)
Warner Classics 2564-62436-4
 
This 5-CD box set features concerti by Rodrigo & Villa-Lobos performed with the New York Philharmonic, perennial Baroque favorites by Bach & Vivaldi, Latin American music with organic Brazilian percussion & saxophonist Paul Winter, plus two GRAMMY Award-winning discs: concerti by Christopher Rouse & Tan Dun (written for Isbin), and her folk-inspired solo disc Dreams of a World.
 
“Sharon Isbin—a true sorceress ... incomparable master of the guitar”
  Antonio Carlos Jobim
 
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Sharon Isbin: Troubadour (2014) - documentary excerpt   Documentary Film Sharon Isbin: Troubadour
 
Rockport Music, MA, September 28, 2014 - Click Here
Aspen Music Festival, August 3, 2014 - Click Here
Provincetown International Film Festival, June 2014 - Click Here
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - Click Here
New York Lincoln Center premiere, April 10, 2014 - Click Here
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Sharon Isbin: Troubadour is a one-hour documentary produced by Susan Dangel. Guests include Martina Navratilova, Michelle Obama, Joan Baez, Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan, Garrison Keillor, David Hyde Pierce, Janis Ian, Lesley Gore, Mark O’Connor, Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower, Leonard Slatkin, Paul Winter, and more, with Isbin’s performances showcased from international concert stages to the GRAMMYs and White House. Narrated by NPR’s Susan Stamberg, the film combines performance and documentary to focus on Isbin’s unusual and inspiring journey which has expanded and transformed the landscape of the instrument.
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UN Women Global Campaign
 
Sharon with Gloria Steinem
UN Women Global Campaign Beijing+20 at Apollo Theater
June 26, 2014
Sharon Isbin performed for a sold-out audience at New York’s historic Apollo Theater for the UN Women Beijing+20 campaign for global gender equality. Among the speakers were Gloria Steinem, pictured here at the event with Isbin.
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UN Women Global Campaign
 
Sharon with Gloria Steinem
UJA-Federation of New York Music Visionary Awards
June 25, 2014
Sharon Isbin performed for the UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionary of the Year award to Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. Pictured here at the gala event with fellow performers Lang Lang and LL Cool J.
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Grammy Awards GRAMMY Hall of Fame Salutes Sharon Isbin!
February 2014
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Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo Raves for 18-City Guitar Passions Tour
February 2014
Sharon Isbin’s 18-city Guitar Passions tour with jazz guitarists Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo ignited raves across the country. See reviews in Guitar World and SoundPress.

Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions   Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions
Sony Classical 88697-84219-2
 
Guests: Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo, Paul Winter, Thiago de Mello, Rosa Passos A guitar tribute album, 7 Premieres
 
WATCH VIDEO   Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions
      with Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson (Heart), and More
WATCH VIDEO   Sharon Isbin Performs Asturias by
      Isaac Albeniz
LISTEN   ‘Guitar Goddess’ feature on Minnesota Public Radio
LISTEN   The Guitar Show feature
LISTEN   Interview on WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia
 
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Portland Performing Arts Festival on Public Television   Live Concert on Public Television
June 2012
Watch Sharon Isbin in concert on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Maine Arts! Presents: Guitarist Sharon Isbin at the Portland Performing Arts Festival in a one hour television program archived online.
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National Pulbic Radio   NPR’s All Things Considered
December 27, 2011
Host Robert Siegel interviews Sharon Isbin and Steve Vai about their collaboration on Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions
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Sharon's 2010 GRAMMY, Staples Center, Los Angeles   2010 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
 
Sharon Isbin received a 2010 GRAMMY AWARD for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)’ for her CD Journey to the New World (Sony). She is the first guitarist in 43 years to receive a 2nd classical Grammy, and the only classical artist to perform in the 52nd Annual Awards.
 
#1 Bestselling Classical CD at Amazon.com, iTunes, and BarnesandNoble.com
63 Consecutive Weeks, BILLBOARD Top Classical Crossover Chart
 
NPR NPR’s All Things Considered
June 4, 2009   Read Article & Listen
 
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Journey to the New World
 
Recording with Joan Baez
  Sharon Isbin’s Journey to the New World with Joan Baez & Mark O’Connor
Sony Classical 88697-45456-2
 
Exclusive Sony Masterworks recording artist Sharon Isbin’s release is a voyage from the British Isles to the New World. She is joined by folk legend Joan Baez and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor. World premieres: Joan Baez Suite by John Duarte for solo guitar and Strings & Threads Suite for violin and guitar by O’Connor.
 
“Sharon’s exquisite playing allowed me to revisit and fall in love with these songs all over again.”
  Joan Baez
 
WQXR-FM 105.9 New York   LISTEN
KBAQ Radio, CD of the Week   LISTEN
 
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Sharon & Joan Baez in recording studio, Nov. 19, 2007.

Sharon Isbin celebrates with President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House following her performance, November 4, 2009
 
Sharon Isbin Performing at the White House, November 4, 2009
  Sharon Isbin Performs at the White House
 
President Obama and the First Lady listen to Sharon Isbin perform at the White House Evening of Classical Music November 4, 2009.
 
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Sharon Isbin performs at the White House
 
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WQXR-FM Interviews Sharon About Performing at the White House

The Departed
 
With Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese and Howard Shore. Photo by David Fox.
  SCORSESE’S OSCAR WINNING THE DEPARTED
 
2008 GRAMMY Nomination
 
Sharon Isbin is featured on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning The Departed starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon. She was also heard on the Awards telecast excerpt viewed by nearly 40 million. 4 ACADEMY AWARDS, including BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR
 
She is featured on Howard Shore’s GRAMMY-nominated score CD (New Line) and on the Rolling Stones/Van Morrison/Allman Bros./Beach Boys compilation (Warner).
 
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Sharon performed at the 2007 Coolidge Awards in Boston honoring Oscar winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, pictured here with Martin Scorsese and Howard Shore. Photo by David Fox.

Sharon Isbin: Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce
 
Sharon Isbin receives standing ovation with New York Philharmonic
  Sharon Isbin & New York Philharmonic
Warner Classics 2564-60296-2
 
2005 Latin GRAMMY nomination for ‘Best Classical Album’
2006 GLAAD Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Music Artist’
 
Concertos by Villa-Lobos & Ponce, and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in the Philharmonic’s first-ever recording with guitar. 17 weeks BILLBOARD Top Classical Chart.
 
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Their June 2004 performances in Avery Fisher Hall were hailed as ‘Perfection’ NY Times, ‘Brilliant’ Toronto Star. Standing ovations and encore for the Philharmonic’s first guitar soloist in 26 years.
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Sharon Isbin acknowledges the audience’s standing ovation in her New York Philharmonic debut June 24, 2004, Avery Fisher Hall. Photo by Chris Lee.

Sharon Isbin performing with Steve Vai, Paris 2005   Steve Vai and Isbin Premiere Vai’s Blossom Suite
 
Rock legend Steve Vai and Isbin premiered Vai’s Blossom Suite in Paris, February 2005, during her weeklong series at the Theatre du Chatelet.

Journey to the New World   Accolades for Joan Baez Suite
 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Morning News

Sharon Isbin - The L Word   Sharon Isbin is a Featured Guest on Season 2 of The L Word.
 
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With Hillary Clinton on September 11, 2002, Ground Zero, New York   Sharon Isbin Performs at Ground Zero
 
Sharon Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial on September 11, 2002. Pictured here with Hillary Clinton.

Tan Dun, Christopher Rouse CD   GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
Teldec 8573-81830-2
 
Sharon Isbin’s world premiere recording of concertos written for her by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun received a 2002 GRAMMY Award, and Germany’s prestigious ECHO KLASSIK AWARD. She performed on the German award broadcast for 1 million viewers.
 
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National Pulbic Radio   NPR’s All Things Considered
May 4, 2001
“Robert Siegel interviews Sharon Isbin, a sensation in the world of classical guitar.”
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Dreams of a World
 
Sharon's 2001 GRAMMY, Staples Center, Los Angeles
  GRAMMY AWARD WINNER!
 
Sharon Isbin received a 2001 Grammy Award for her CD Dreams of a World (Teldec) for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without orchestra’. She is the first classical guitarist in 28 years to receive a Grammy. The announcement was broadcast to nearly 2 billion television viewers in 180 countries.
 
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At the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, Staples Center in Los Angeles, February 21, 2001. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.

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