Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the reigning diva of the classical guitar” and “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine‘s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.
An NYC resident, Isbin is also the director of the guitar department at The Jullliard School, which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the famed music school’s 100-year history.
Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new classical compositions of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Isbin has also crossed genre lines to perform and record with other great guitarists such as Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan and Michael Hedges. Signed to SONY Masterworks, her 2010 Grammy-award winning CD, Journey to the New World was recently the #1 bestselling classical CD on Amazon.com and iTunes.
Isbin talks to GuitarShopTV about how she began her classical guitar studies in Italy at age 9, thanks to her brother refusing the guitar lessons their parents had set up for him. She also talks about her passion for Latin American music and the mentors who influenced her, including the legendary Andres Segovia. Her interview is interspersed with footage from her incredible performance at The White House in November 2009.