Sharon Isbin

Biography

Born: August 7, 1956 St. Louis Park, Minnesota   Country: United States   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Described by the Boston Globe's Michael Manning as a musician who plays "beyond virtuosity," guitarist Sharon Isbin has been a consistent challenge for critics, who struggle to find the right superlative that would do justice to her exquisite playing. "In her hands," wrote Anne Midgette in The New York Times, "the guitar takes on the precision of a diamond, each note a clear, shining facet that catches, prism-like, a Read more glimpse of the spectrum." In essence, a performance by Isbin is like a painting by Vermeer: a formally impeccable and inexhaustible work of art. A Renaissance woman of the guitar, Isbin performs worldwide at famous venues and commissions new work from distinguished American composers (more than any other guitarist) for her instruments, collaborates with a wide variety of musicians, and indefatigably searches for new music to play. As a child, Isbin wanted to be a scientist like her father. However, she started guitar lessons at the age of nine (the family was living in Italy at the time) and found her vocation. Her teachers included Andrés Segovia and harpsichordist Rosalyn Tureck. With Tureck, Isbin worked on the first performance edition, for guitar, of J.S. Bach's Lute Suites. This project eventually resulted in a critically acclaimed disc. In 1989, Isbin founded the guitar department at the Juilliard School of Music and became that institution's first professor of guitar. Isbin's recordings have consistently been assessed as groundbreaking musical events. In 1995, her disc was the first ever American guitar concert presented to a Russian cosmonaut during a rendezvous between the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian spaceship Mir. Journey to the Amazon, performed with Brazilian percussionist Thiago de Mello and saxophonist Paul Winter, earned Isbin a Grammy nomination in 1999. She received a Grammy in 2001 for her Dreams of a World: Folk-Inspired Music for Guitar. Significantly, this was the first classical guitar Grammy in 28 years. In 2002, Isbin got another Grammy for her extraordinary performance of concerti by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun. The concerti featured on this world-premiere disc were dedicated to Isbin. Spanning various styles, genres, and periods, Isbin's other recordings include Aaron Jay Kernis' Double Concerto (with violinist Cho-Liang Lin), Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjues, and Sharon Isbin Plays Baroque Favorites for Guitar. The last-named album features a truly astounding performance of a transcription of Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor. Read less
5 Classic Albums / Isbin
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 624364   Number of Discs: 5
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    The Art of the Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555261 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Narciso Yepes,  Francisco Tarrega,  Miguel Llobet  ... 
    Performer:  Turibio Santos,  Pierre Laniau,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Wulfin Lieske  ... 
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    The Art of Goya & The Sound of the Spanish Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552773 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  John Lennon,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Xuefei Yang,  Manuel Barrueco,  David Tanenbaum,  Ernesto Bitetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Iona Brown,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Enrique Bátiz
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  • 3.
    Bach For Guitar / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564617518 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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    Sharon Isbin - Troubadour [blu-ray]
    Label: Video Artists Int'l   Catalog: 8202 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Various
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Romero Lubambo
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    Sharon Isbin - Troubadour
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4580 Release Date: 04/07/2015  
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Various
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Romero Lubambo
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    5 Classic Albums / Isbin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 624364 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Lauro,  Isaias Savio,  Leo Brouwer,  Benito Canonico  ... 
    Performer:  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Sharon Isbin,  Paul Winter
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang,  Howard Griffiths,  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    An Appalachian Christmas / Mark O'connor, Renee Fleming, Sharon Isbin, Alison Krauss
    Label: Omac   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mel Torme,  Leroy Anderson,  Mykola Dmytrovich Leontov,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Edgar Meyer,  Mark O'Connor,  Jane Monheit,  Mark O'Connor  ... 
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    Guitar Passions / Sharon Isbin & Friends
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 784219 Release Date: 08/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gentil Montańa,  Quique Sinesi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Stanley Jordan,  Steve Morse,  Romero Lubambo  ... 
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    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Jessye Norman,  Han-Na Chang,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Leonard Slatkin,  Georges Prętre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    Journey To The New World - Duarte, Niles, Etc / Sharon Isbin, Joan Baez, Mark O'connor
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745456 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark O'Connor,  John Jacob Niles,  John Duarte,  Andrew York  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Mark O'Connor,  Joan Baez
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    Classical Essentials - Guitar Essentials - Albeniz, Bach, Etc / Sharon Isbin, Alexander-sergei Ramirez
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17685 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gaspar Sanz  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez
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    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Love Songs & Lullabies / Isbin, Valente, Allen
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59226 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Enric Madriguera,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Mátyás Seiber  ... 
    Performer:  Benita Valente,  Sharon Isbin,  Steve Barnett,  Julia Bogorad  ... 
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    Love Songs & Lullabies / Isbin, Valente, Allen
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61480 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Enric Madriguera,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Mátyás Seiber  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Julia Bogorad,  Thomas Allen,  Steve Barnett  ... 
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    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Guitar Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17650 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Fernando Sor,  Isaac Albeniz,  Napoléon Coste  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Mikulka,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez  ... 
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    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Most Relaxing Bach Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 53359 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski,  Richard Stamp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Sharon Isbin - Nightshade Rounds
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45024 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  George Gershwin,  Benjamin Britten,  John Duarte  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 20.
    Artistry - American Landscapes / Isbin, Wolff, St. Paul CO
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67672 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss,  Joseph Schwantner,  John Corigliano
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Kernis: Air For Violin, Etc / Bell, Lin, Isbin, Franck Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460226 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Jay Kernis
    Performer:  Pamela Frank,  Joshua Bell,  Sharon Isbin,  Lin Cho-Liang
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Wayfaring Stranger / Susanne Mentzer, Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23419 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Mentzer,  Sharon Isbin
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  • 23.
    Bride's Guide to Wedding Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66817 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  James L. Molloy,  Jean Joseph Mouret  ... 
    Performer:  Virgil Fox,  Maurice André,  Nancy Allen,  Jane Parker-Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Robert Irving,  Jean-Pierre Wallez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Concert Arts Orchestra  ... 
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    Journey To The Amazon / Isbin, Winter, Thiago De Mello
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 19899 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaudenci Thiago de Mello,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gentil Montańa,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Paul Winter
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  • 25.
    Joan Tower: Black Topaz / Isbin, Wincenc, Emelianoff, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80470 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Tower
    Performer:  Edmund Niemann,  Nurit Tilles,  André Emelianoff,  Joan Tower  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Double Edge,  Muir String Quartet
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