Sharon Isbin

Biography

Born: .   Country: United States  
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
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    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 Montaña,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Paul Winter
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    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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Biography

Born: .   Country: United States  
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
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Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra in D major (arr. Emilio Pujol) (1991 Remastered Version): II. Largo
Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra in D major (arr. Emilio Pujol) (1991 Remastered Version): II. Largo
Andante religioso from 'La Catedral'
La Catedral: ii Allegro Solemne
El Decamerón Negro: I. La Arpa de Guerrero
El Decamerón Negro: II. La Huída de los Amantes por el Valle de los Ecos
El Decamerón Negro: III. Balada de la Doncella Enamorada
Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentile
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Nápoles (Adagio) -
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Allegretto - Adagio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: V. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)
Andante religioso from 'La Catedral'
La Catedral: ii Allegro Solemne
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentile
Villa-Lobos : Guitar Concerto : I Allegro preciso
Villa-Lobos : Guitar Concerto : II Andantino e andante
Villa-Lobos : Guitar Concerto : III Allegretto non troppo
Ponce : Concierto del sur : I Allegretto
Ponce : Concierto del sur : II Andante
Ponce : Concierto del sur : III Allegro moderato e festivo
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Prelude
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Loure
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Gavotte en rondeau
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Menuets I & II
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Bourrée
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Gigue
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Prelude:très vite
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Allemande
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Courante
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Sarabande
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Gavotte I & II (en rondeau)
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Gigue
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Praeludio : Passaggio - Presto
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Allemande
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Courante
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Sarabande
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Bourrée
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Gigue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Prelude
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Fugue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Sarabande
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Gigue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Double
Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentile
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Praeludio - Passaggio presto
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Allemande
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Courante
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Sarabande
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Bourrée
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Gigue
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Prelude
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Loure
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Gavotte en rondeau
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Menuets I & II (da capo Menuet I)
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Bourrée
Die Lauten-Suiten (The Lute Suites), Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a: Gigue
Guitar Concerto in D Major (arr. Emilio Pujol) (1991 Remastered Version): I. Allegro
Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra in D major (arr. Emilio Pujol) (1991 Remastered Version): II. Largo
Guitar Concerto in D Major (arr. Emilio Pujol) (1991 Remastered Version): III. Allegro
La Catedral: Andante religioso
La Catedral: Allegro solemne
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Nápoles (Adagio) -
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Allegretto - Adagio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: V. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part I - Slow and Free: Andante - Allegro vivace - Andante
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part II - Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger"
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part III - Allegro
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part I - Slow and Free: Andante - Allegro vivace - Andante
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part II - Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger"
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part III - Allegro
Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentile
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Nápoles (Adagio) -
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Allegretto - Adagio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: V. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)