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New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 2017: Sharon Isbin Masterclass

Americas Society

June 27, 2017


Sharon Isbin (Image: 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 "Asturias" from Chants d'Espagne by Isaac Albéniz.

About Sharon Isbin

Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls. Winner of the Toronto, Madrid and Munich Competitions, Germany’s Echo Klassik and Guitar Player’s Best Classical Guitarist awards, she created festivals for Carnegie Hall and NPR, and has appeared on All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Sunday and the cover of over 45 magazines. She performed in Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial, the White House by invitation of President Obama, and as the only classical artist in the 2010 GRAMMY Awards. Recent PBS performances include Tavis Smiley, the Billy Joel Gershwin Prize with Josh Groban, and the acclaimed documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations across the U.S. and abroad, including Europe, Japan and Mexico. Winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award, the film is available on DVD/Blu-ray.

Sharon Isbin’s latest recording, Alma Española with Argentinian-American opera star Isabel Leonard, will be released July 6. The first Spanish art-song album of its kind in over 40 years, it includes twelve world premiere arrangements by Isbin. Her over 25 recordings include recent #1 bestsellers, Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions with guests Steve Vai, Heart’s Nancy Wilson and others. Her 2010 GRAMMY-winning Journey to the New World with guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor spent 63 consecutive weeks on top Billboard charts, and her Latin GRAMMY-nominated concerto disc with the New York Philharmonic is their only recording with guitar.

Recent highlights include the premiere of a work by Richard Danielpour commissioned for her by Carnegie Hall for its 125th anniversary and by Chicago’s Harris Theater, the premiere of a concerto written for her by Chris Brubeck, a 21-city Guitar Passions tour with jazz greats Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo, collaborations with Sting, performances with the Detroit, National and Montreal Symphonies, and sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Many of the world's finest composers have written for her, including Corigliano, Tan Dun, Rouse, Foss, Kernis, Tower, Shore, Schwantner, Brouwer, Rorem and Brubeck.

Isbin began guitar at nine in Italy, later studying with Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia and Rosalyn Tureck, with whom she collaborated on landmark editions/recordings of the Bach lute suites. She authored the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and directs guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in 1989.