Impeccable voicing and a bell-like clarity ... gorgeous dynamic range
and a gift for interpretative color ... Isbin has been a trailblazer in
more ways than most classical musicians could ever dream.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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Sharon Isbin has collaborated with many personalities of our time, from
Muhammad Ali to Melissa Etheridge to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Below are some
President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama listen to Sharon Isbins performance
in the East Room at the White House Evening of Classical Music on
November 4, 2009.
Sharon celebrates with President Obama and the First Lady
at the White House following her performance.
Sharon & Riccardo Muti at dinner following her performance at the Ravenna Festival, Italy,
July 14, 2009.
Sharon & Martina Navratilova after filming interview for upcoming Isbin television documentary.
Aspen Music Festival, August 2008.
Sharon performed and actor Michael Tucker (LA Law) delivered the keynote
speech at the 2010 Alzheimers Association Gala in Minneapolis. The 800
attendees raised over $390,000 for the Associations programs and
services, and celebrated the lives of loved ones with Alzheimers.
Sharon and composer John Williams rehearse at his home
November 2007. On hearing Journey to the New World he wrote:
It combines a brilliant idea with masterful execution and I
warmly congratulate you! So impressive ... its hard to keep
the feet still, spirits soar, too!
A student of Latin dance, Sharon made her debut in a
rumba/mambo/merengue choreography shown here with instructor
Timofey Shalnev. She also shared the stage with the
evenings MC Tony Dovolani of ABCs Dancing with the Stars
in this benefit for the High School for Arts presented by
the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, June 30, 2010.
On September 11, 2002, Sharon Isbin was honored to perform in New York City
at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial accompanying the
reading of the names of those who perished. Over 24,000 family members and
survivors attended. She is shown here with Senator Hillary Clinton, who read
at the event, and with fellow performer Yo-Yo Ma.
Sharon joins Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie at the 20th Anniversary Gala
dinner to benefit Birch Services on October 10, l996 at the Pierre Hotel in
New York. In the event hosted by Ed Bradley, Sharon was the guest performer
and Ali was honored for his support of the Birch Family Camp for children
with AIDS. The evening raised $600,000 for this non-profit organization.
(Photo: Stuart OShields)
Sharon is the featured guest performing (and acting!) on Showtime
Televisions The L Word, Season 2, episode 7. She is shown here with
Jennifer Beals and Pam Grier with whom she shares a scene at The
Sharon studied for 10 years with the great Bach scholar and keyboard
artist, Dr. Rosalyn Tureck. Together they edited the
Complete Bach Lute Suites
which Sharon recorded for Virgin Classics/EMI;
G. Schirmer, Inc.
published their groundbreaking performance editions. They are shown here
in Oxford England at the beginning of their 25-year friendship, July
1980. Dr. Tureck passed away on July 17, 2003.
Patti LaBelle paid tribute to Sharon at the Philadelphia Recording
Academy Honors after hearing her performance that evening for the
Philadelphia Orchestras award. April 10, 2006.
Greeting friend David Hyde Pierce backstage at Curtains, March 29, 2007.
New York Yankee star Bernie Williams congratulates Sharon after her
concert at the Performing Arts Center in Tampa, Florida (March 14, l998).
Rumor has it that Bernie, who is also an avid guitarist, may soon join up
with Sharon for a duet.
Aretha Franklin and Sharon visit after their performances with the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on August 11, l996 in the Great Hall of
the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Sharon played Joaquin
Rodrigos Concierto de Aranjuez, and later joined Aretha
for an encore.
(Photo: Peter Bischoff)
Edmund White, Sharon Isbin, Ned Rorem, and Edward Albee (bottom row)
celebrate filmmakers John Kolomvakis and Jim Dowells (top row)
Ned Rorem: Word & Music
in which all appear and Sharon performs Rorems Songs of Sadness, composed for her.
(Photo: September 25, 2005, New York City)
Sharon is elated to play one of only two Stradivarius guitars that exist
in the world.
National Music Museum,
Vermillion, SD, March 27, 2006.)
Sharon performed in Asuncion Paraguay for the Bicentennial in May 2011.
Shown here visiting the Agustin Barrios Mangore home and museum, playing
on Barrios 1918 guitar, and celebrating at the Palacio de Lopez.
Sharon teams up with Al Jarreau, and Brazilian pop singers Ivan Lins,
Leila Pinheiro and Dori Caymmi in their October 31, l997 concert tribute to
Antonio Carlos Jobim in New Yorks Carnegie Hall.
(Photo: Steve Sherman)
Sharon, playing on her
SoloEtte Travel Guitar,
trades riffs with jazz
greats Stanley Jordan and Herb Ellis at the Kravis Center in West Palm
Beach, Florida during their Feb/March l998 Guitar Summit tour.
Rock legend and Grammy winner Steve Vai performs duets with Sharon at The
Bottom Line, New York City, January 17, 2002.
Grammy winner Steve Lukather, guitar hero from the rock band Toto,
performed duets with Sharon in a workshop they gave for 'Grammy in the
Schools' in Los Angeles, February 26, 2002.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Sharon get acquainted at the Grammy Awards
ceremony in Los Angeles where both were nominees, February 27, 2002.
Sharon and Thiago de Mello get tips from a tribal chief in the Amazon rain
forest in the days following their August 30, 2001 performance in the
legendary Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil where Enrico Caruso once sang
and Margot Fonteyn danced. Sharon also shares an intimate moment with a
friendly woolly monkey.
Garrison Keillor chats with Sharon after their November 8, l997 Prairie
Home Companion live show and national radio broadcast at the
Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sharon, who has been a
frequent guest on the show, was joined by Thiago de Mello who performed
selections with her from their Journey to the Amazon CD.
(Garrison once revealed that he sometimes writes his monologues while
listening to her music.)
Joaquin Rodrigo and Sharon share a reunion at his home in Madrid on May
23, l998. Their long friendship dates from l979 when Rodrigo first
invited her to his home after learning that she was a winner of the
Queen Sofia Competitionshe then played his Concierto de
Aranjuez for him and his wife Victoria Kamhi. Her l991 recording of
the work, which he praised as magnificent, remains one of his
John Corigliano and Sharon share smiles with a friendly land iguana in
the Galapagos Islands (January 1994). After Sharon premiered Johns
guitar concerto, Troubadours, they celebrated by vacationing for
two weeks on the Islands and trekking in the Amazon rain forest.
After a performance with Melissa Etheridge of You Can Sleep While I Drive,
Sharon joins friend Martina Navratilova in her Aspen home for a toast to the New Year,
January 1, 1996.
Singer Holly Near surprises Sharon with a visit and reunion at her
September 27, 1999 recital at the Juilliard Theater. Sharons concert
celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Juilliard School Guitar Department
which she created in 1989.
Sharon with comedienne extraordinaire Kate Clinton and writer/activist
Urvashi Vaid, January 4, 2006, NYC.
Suiting up to snorkel in St. John, Virgin Islands, January 2007.