Sharon Isbin

Biography

Born: August 7, 1956   Country: Latin America  
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 glimpse of the spectrum." In Read more 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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Nocturne - The Ultimate Classical Chillout Album
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 31474 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Stephen Hough,  Alison Bury,  Elizabeth Wallfisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Latin Romances For Guitar / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82130 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 29.
    Very Best Of Bach
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 338158 Release Date: 01/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Werner Jacob,  Jonathan Rees,  Jane Murdoch,  Marc Hantaï  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Jonathan Rees,  Monica Huggett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Scottish Ensemble  ... 
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  • 30.
    The Most Relaxing Guitar Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 46809 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Sir William Walton,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Sharon Isbin,  Manuel Barrueco,  Pierre Laniau  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Jeremy Lubbock,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / Isbin, Foster, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82001 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Peace - Pure Classical Calm
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76773 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Karl Jenkins,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Edward Saklatvala,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Karl Jenkins,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez; Villa-Lobos, Ponce / Isbin, Serebrier, New York
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 60296 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Manuel Ponce
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 34.
    Artist Portrait - Sharon Isbin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61591 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tan Dun,  Christopher Rouse,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Susanne Mentzer,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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  • 35.
    Bach: Complete Lute Suites / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62198 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 36.
    Sharon Isbin's Greatest Hits
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62075 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Lukas Foss,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Markus Höberling
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    New Line - Tan Dun, Rouse: Guitar Concertos / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81830 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tan Dun,  Christopher Rouse
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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  • 39.
    Latin Romances - Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61627 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Markus Höberling
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Sharon Isbin - Dreams Of A World
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 25736 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  J.A. de San Sebastián,  Enrique Granados,  Gaudenci Thiago de Mello,  Mikis Theodorakis  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Bride's Guide To Wedding Music Vol 2
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Road To The Sun / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 59591 Release Date: 09/23/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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