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.

The Life and Career of Eric Carmen

For most of the 70s and 80s, there were few singers that maintained the popularity that Eric Carmen did. His work is still enjoyed by fans old and new even now in the 200s, but few people are familiar with the story behind the man.

What follows is the most pertinent information about the legend Eric Carmen:

The Early Years

Eric Carmen was born into music. He was singing and entertaining family and friends by the age of three, and began an official instrumental education as early as age six. His rock and roll influence began in his early teens (like many others at the time). His musical prowess allowed him to self teach himself on the guitar, kick starting what would become a long, productive career in rock.

Pre-Solo Career

Carmen joined his first band during college. Like most college bands, Carmen and his cohorts did not see very much success. When he joined his second band, The Choir, they saw some local success in the Cleveland local scene.

It wasn’t until joining The Raspberries that Eric Carmen got to enjoy mainstream success. The band did a great job remaining in the public eye (and out of trouble) throughout the 70s, a time where bands came and went at rates never seen before.

Solo Career

Since leaving his band, Carmen has settled into a soft rock genre that has kept him afloat for decades. Everyone knows his biggest hit: All By Myself, and know many others by sound if nothing else.

Although his work in the 2000s has been scattered, Eric Carmen still garners widespread sales and critical success. He spends most of his time with his family these days, proving that even a rock star can bow out of the game in a productive way.