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Sharon Isbin

College Division

College Division: 

  • Guitar, Chamber Music

Pre-College Division

Pre-College Division: 

  • Guitar, Visiting Faculty

Contact Information

Contact Information

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Born in Minneapolis, MN

Winner multiple Grammy Awards; Echo Klassik Award; Munich, Madrid, Toronto competitions. Soloist with over 170 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, and London, National, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee Symphonies; also Lausanne, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Scottish, and Zurich Chamber Orchestras. Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, Showtime, and A&E Television. Premiered works by Brouwer, Corigliano, Diamond, Foss, Kernis, Rorem, Rouse, Schwantner, Tan Dun, and Tower. Featured on soundtrack of Academy Award-winning film The Departed. More than 25 award-winning recordings for Sony, Warner Classics, EMI/Virgin Classics; CD of Rodrigo, Ponce, and Villa-Lobos concertos (N.Y. Philharmonic's first recording with guitar) received a 2005 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Classical Album. Latest Sony CDs: Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions and 2010 Grammy winning Journey to the New World. Director Aspen Music Festival guitar department; directed Carnegie Hall's Guitarstream Festival, New York's 92nd St.Y series, NPR's Guitarjam series, Ordway's Guitarfest. Author The Classical Guitar Answer Book. A one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour will be released in 2014.

Degrees and Studies

B.A., Yale U.; M.M., Yale School of Music. Studies with Rosalyn Tureck, Andres Segovia, and Oscar Ghiglia.

The Juilliard School

Faculty, founder and chair of guitar department, since 1989; visiting faculty, Pre-College, since 2013.