Multi-Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of the guitar department at the Aspen Music Festival and the guitar department at The Juilliard School which she designed in 1989. Isbin has been hailed as â€śthe pre-eminent guitarist of our timeâ€ť (Boston Magazine.) She is way too the winner of Guitar Player magazineâ€™s â€śBest Classical Guitaristâ€ť award, First Prize winner of the Toronto Guitar â€™75 competition, a winner of the Madrid Queen Sofia, and the 1st guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.
Isbin has appeared as soloist with earlier mentioned 170 orchestras, and has commissioned far more concerti than any other guitarist, including concerti by John Corigliano, Tan Dun, Aaron Jay Kernis, Joseph Schwantner, Lukas Foss, and Christopher Rouse. Other composers who incorporate written for her incorporate Joan Tower, David Diamond, Ned Rorem, Howard Shore, John Duarte, Leo Brouwer, Bruce MacCombie and Steve Vai.
Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings stages from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th century to crossover and jazz-fusion. In November 1995, her CD American Landscapes was launched in the space shuttle Atlantis and presented to Russian cosmonauts during a rendezvous with Mir. She won the 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for her CD Journey to the New World (Sony) which involves guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor. She won a Grammy Award in 2001 for her Dreams of a World: Folk-Inspired Music for Guitar (Warner Classics) for â€śBest Instrumental Soloist,â€ť becoming the first classical guitarist to win a Grammy in 28 years. Her world premiere recording of concerti written for her by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun won another Grammy in 2002 and she won Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik Award for â€śBest Concert Recordingâ€ť. She received a 2005 Latin Grammy nomination for â€śBest Classical Albumâ€ť and a 2006 GLAAD Media Award nomination for â€śOutstanding Music Artistâ€ť for her disc with the New York Philharmonic of Joaquin Rodrigoâ€™s Concierto de Aranjuez and concerti by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce and Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos. This is the Philharmonicâ€™s first-ever recording with guitar, and follows their Avery Fisher Hall performances in June 2004 with Sharon Isbin as their first guitar soloist in 26 years. Her Journey to the Amazon with Brazilian percussionist Thiago de Mello and saxophonist Paul Winter, received a 1999 Grammy nomination for â€śBest Classical Crossover Album.â€ť Her CD of Aaron Jay Kernisâ€™ Double Concerto with violinist Cho-Liang Lin and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra received a 2000 Grammy nomination.
Isbin is the founder of Juilliardâ€™s guitar department. In 1989, she created the master of music degree, graduate diploma and artist diploma, and in 2007, added the bachelor of music degree and undergraduate diploma.
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