Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin in 2011

Multiple Grammy Award winning American classical guitarist and the founding director of the guitar department at the Juilliard School.

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Sharon Isbin in 2011

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Angélique Kidjo performing in Cotonou, 2017

Angélique Kidjo

Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

Angélique Kidjo performing in Cotonou, 2017
Kidjo in 2006.

Kidjo participated, as did Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

James performing in 2007

Jim James

American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket.

American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket.

James performing in 2007
James performing in August 2011
James playing bass guitar as Yim Yames with the New Multitudes band

Jim James participated with Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Angelique Kidjo, and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

David Lynch, founder

David Lynch Foundation

Global charitable foundation with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Fairfield, Iowa.

Global charitable foundation with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Fairfield, Iowa.

David Lynch, founder
DLF funded program in a Peruvian school

Performers included Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Angelique Kidjo, Jim James, and Sharon Isbin.

Baez in 2016

Joan Baez

American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist.

American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist.

Baez in 2016
Baez playing at the March on Washington in August 1963
Baez at the Frankfurt Easter March 1966
Baez in 1966
Baez in 1966 at Amsterdam airport
Baez playing in Hamburg, 1973
Bob Dylan, Baez, and Carlos Santana, performing in 1984
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2005 at Golden Gate Park
Joan Baez concert in Dresden, Germany, July 2008
Baez in 2003
Baez with Bob Dylan at the civil rights March on Washington, 1963

Sharon Isbin: Troubadour (2014)

Bruce MacCombie

American composer.

American composer.

His compositions include Nightshade Rounds (1979) for solo guitar (written for Sharon Isbin), Leaden Echo, Golden Echo (1989) for soprano and orchestra, the set of choral pieces Color and Time (1990), Chelsea Tango (1991) for orchestra, and the quintet Greeting (1993) (written for Krzysztof Penderecki's 60th birthday).

Tan Dun

Tan Dun

Chinese-born American composer and conductor.

Chinese-born American composer and conductor.

Tan Dun

The second work, Yi2: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (1996), combines flamenco and pipa techniques and was premiered by Sharon Isbin.

Laurindo Almeida

Brazilian guitarist and composer in classical, jazz, and Latin music.

Brazilian guitarist and composer in classical, jazz, and Latin music.

His guitar trio, Guitarjam, with Larry Coryell and Sharon Isbin played Carnegie Hall in 1988.

The Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in public performance at the Grain Hall of Toulouse

Christopher Rouse (composer)

American composer.

American composer.

The Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in public performance at the Grain Hall of Toulouse

Concert de Gaudí (Guitar Concerto, 1999; guitarist Sharon Isbin's recording with the Gulbenkian Orchestra won a GRAMMY Award in 2002 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and a 2002 Echo Klassik Award for Best Concert Recording.)

Steve Morse live with Deep Purple in Hamburg, May 2017

Steve Morse

American guitarist, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs and as the lead guitarist of Deep Purple since 1994.

American guitarist, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs and as the lead guitarist of Deep Purple since 1994.

Steve Morse live with Deep Purple in Hamburg, May 2017
Morse playing with Dixie Dregs at Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California, August 1999
Morse playing with Flying Colors in Tilburg, Netherlands, September 2012
Morse playing with Deep Purple in Ávila, Spain, July 2013

2011 Guitar Passions – Sharon Isbin & friends

ARD International Music Competition

Largest international classical music competition in Germany.

Largest international classical music competition in Germany.

Notable past winners include: Jessye Norman, Sharon Isbin, Francisco Araiza, Natalia Gutman, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Malikova, Nobuko Imai, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Heinz Holliger, Isabelle Moretti, Reinhold Friedrich, Peter Sadlo, and Maurice André.