Sharon Isbin


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
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    Road To The Sun / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   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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