The Fascinating Story of Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin Playing Guitar (Wikipedia Image)

Sharon Isbin was born in Minneapolis, and she started her study of the guitar at the age of 9 in the country of Italy. Later on she studied with Andres Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia.

She went on to receive a B.A. cum laude from Yale, and from the Yale School of Music she earned her Master of Music. Ms. Isbin is the author of the book, “Classical Guitar Answer Book.” She is also director of departments of guitar at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Julliard School. The department at at Julliard was created by her in 1989 and she is the first and only guitar instructor in the history of the school of over 100 years.

Ms. Isbin has been heralded for the expansion of the guitar repertoire by introducing some of the finest works of this century. Her commissioning and premiers of more concerti than any other guitarist places her in a category of her own.

The list of composers and conductors who have written and conducted for her reads like a “who’s who” of music generally and her works speak for themselves. Appearing with everyone from Sting and Aretha Franklin to the New York Philharmonic, and then with the London Symphony and every other orchestra and classical artist in the world, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Her playing style is nothing short of virtuoso in that she plays the music as it is intended to be played. Playing all the classics and everything else in between, Ms. Isbin has a very precise and engaging style that is pin-point on in rhythm and style.

Her recordings have received rave reviews and several awards including “Critics’ Choice Recording of the Year.” “Recording of the Month, and Album of the Year” in guitar player. Her “American Landscapes” is the first ever concert written for a guitar player.