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New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 2017: Sharon Isbin Masterclass

Americas Society

June 27, 2017


Image: Sharon Isbin, courtesy J. Henry Fair.

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In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a masterclass by Sharon Isbin.

The NYGS offers classical guitar students the opportunity to join the world's top performers and competition winners for a packed week of concerts, masterclasses, rehearsals, and workshops.

Sharon Isbin performs Albéniz and Barrios at the White House.

About Sharon Isbin

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Munich, Toronto, and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican, and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, and Madrid’s Teatro Real, among others. She has served as artistic director/soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series “Guitarjam.” She performed in concert at the White House for President Barack and Michelle Obama in 2009.

Isbin’s catalogue includes over two dozen recordings from Baroque, Spanish/Latin, and twentieth-century to crossover and jazz-fusion. Her latest releases—Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums (Warner) and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) with rock/jazz guests Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Heart’s Nancy Wilson and Stanley Jordan—have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon. She received a Latin Grammy nomination for her album of Rodrigo, Ponce and Villa-Lobos concerti with the New York Philharmonic, their first and only recording with a guitar soloist. Other honors include Germany's Echo Klassik Award and Gramophone's Recording of the Year.

Isbin has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, and her American Landscapes —with works written for her by Corigliano, Schwantner, and Foss—is the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti. Recent highlights include tours with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Austria’s Tonkünstler Orchestra, and Belgium’s Philharmonique de Liege; recitals and concerti in Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center; a week of performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes; a 20-city Guitar Passions tour with Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo; and a sold-out performance in Carnegie Hall with Sting, Katy Perry, and Jerry Seinfeld to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.

Isbin frequently appears as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, St. Louis, Nashville, New Jersey, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Buffalo, and Utah Symphonies; Saint Paul, Los Angeles, Zurich, Scottish, and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras; the London Symphony and Orchestre National de France; and BBC Scottish, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Prague, Milan Verdi, Belgrade, Mexico City, Jerusalem, and Tokyo Symphonies. Her festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Interlochen, Santa Fe, Mexico City, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Montreux, Strasbourg, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, Ravenna, Prague, and Budapest International Festivals.

Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Isbin collaborated with noted keyboardist Rosalyn Tureck to publish and record the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (Warner Classics/ G. Schirmer). She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she established in 1989.