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Sharon Isbin

She merges extraordinary technical facility with a clean, lithe style, and the evocative power of a keen storyteller.
  Denver Post
Superb musicianship and effortless technique ... clear mastery of the instrument.
  Miami Herald
Wonder Woman of the classical guitar...
  The Times


Excerpt from Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, a one-hour documentary produced by Susan Dangel (2014). 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, Thiago de Mello, Paul Winter, and more, with Isbin’s performances showcased from international concert stages to the GRAMMYs and White House.
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Sharon Isbin in Satin Gown

Multiple GRAMMY Award winners Sharon Isbin & Argentinian-American Isabel Leonard perform Granada by Agustín Lara (arr. Isbin) on Alma Española, the first Spanish art song album of its kind in 40 years, including 12 world premiere arrangements by Isbin. Duos for voice & guitar by García Lorca, de Falla, Lara, Montsalvatge and Rodrigo, and guitar solos by Granados and Tárrega, are heard in performances that evoke the rich and magnificent tradition of Spain.
Photos: J. Henry Fair - Video footage: Dirk Vandenberk - Video Editor: Rebecca Fay

In this interview with Tavis Smiley, Sharon Isbin shares her technique and discusses the new documentary about her life and music, Sharon Isbin: Troubadour. February 16, 2015.

Special Features excerpts from ‘Sharon Isbin: Troubadour’.
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Sharon Isbin: Troubadour


Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions
Music and interviews with Sharon and Steve Vai; in studio with Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Stanley Jordan; previews with Steve Morse, Paul Winter, Rosa Passos, Romero Lubambo, and Thiago de Mello. August 30, 2011 CD release on SONY Classical.

Sharon Isbin performs Asturias by Isaac Albeniz in a music video produced by Susan Dangel. The music is featured in her CD Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (SONY) released August 30, 2011. The video is part of the documentary on Sharon Isbin’s life and work to be released in 2014.

Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo perform live on Detroit television during their 18-city 2014 Guitar Passions tour. Their performances combine jazz, classical, rock and Brazilian styles in a unique fusion of genres. Guitar World magazine wrote: “These three amazing instrumentalists were meant to play together. The chemistry between them is so genuine ... like a love triangle of soul mates who finish each other’s sentences.”

On June 29, 2012 Sharon Isbin came to Maine to perform as part of the inaugural Portland Performing Arts Festival. Isbin presented a diverse program featuring Latin romances for guitar by Tarrega, Albeniz, Granados, and Barrios Mangore, as well as Andecy by Andrew York and the Joan Baez Suite written for her by John Duarte.

Sharon Isbin performs Isaac Albeniz’s Asturias, Antonio Lauro’s Waltz #3, and Isaias Savio’s Batucada at the White House Evening of Classical Music on November 4, 2009.

Josh Groban & Sharon Isbin perform She’s Always A Woman, live on the Billy Joel: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize concert in Washington DC, January 2015.

GuitarTV traveled to New York City to interview the best classical guitarist we have ever heard. Head of The Juilliard School Guitar Department, international sensation, former student of Andres Segovia—we are talking about the one-and-only Sharon Isbin.
This in-depth 40 minutes interview with Sharon showcases various classical guitar playing techniques, tips and performance snippets from her latest release Guitar Passions.

Journey to Amazon - Ravenna Festival, Italy, July 2007
con Sharon Isbin chitarra classica Gaudencio Thiago de Mello percussioni musiche di L. Almeida, A. Barrios Mangoré, L. Brouwer, B. Canonico, A. Lauro, G. Montaña, I. Savio, G. Thiago de Mello, A. Vianna (Pixinguinha)

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Sharon Isbin, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello and Paul Winter collaborate on a Journey to the Amazon. Hear their performances and discussions of Brazilian music with scenes of the lush rainforest.

Sharon Isbin performs Francisco Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra on Korean Television January 2002.

Sharon Isbin performs Black is the color of my true love’s hair / Darling Cora from John Duarte’s Appalachian Dreams written for Sharon Isbin. Korean Television January 2002

Sharon Isbin performs Agustin Barrios Mangore’s Waltz Opus 8 #4 on Korean Television January 2002.

Sharon Isbin & Spanish mezzo-soprano Gemma Coma-Alabert perform selections from Canciones Antiguas Españolas by Federico García Lorca: May 2, 2009 concert at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.

Sharon Isbin & Mark O’Connor Live at Symphony Space, New York, January ’09.
Lily of the West by John Duarte (Isbin solo), Swing & Sweet Suzanne from Strings & Threads Suite for Violin & Guitar by Mark O’Connor (O’Connor & Isbin). Featured on Isbin’s Sony CD, Journey to the New World.

Joshua Bell and Sharon Isbin perform Niccolò Paganini’s Cantabile at the White House Evening of Classical Music on November 4, 2009.

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