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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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sophocles Papas

Internationally renowned classical guitar pedagogue and music publisher.

Internationally renowned classical guitar pedagogue and music publisher.

Some of his better-known pupils include Charlie Byrd, Sharon Isbin, Aaron Shearer, Jim Skinger, Dorothy de Goede, Clare Calahan, John Marlow, Jerry Willard, and the jazz musicians Bill Harris and Alvino Rey.

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.)

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.

Mezzo-soprano vocal range (A3–A5) notated on the treble staff (left) and on piano keyboard in green with dot marking middle C (C4).

Isabel Leonard

American mezzo-soprano opera singer based in New York City.

American mezzo-soprano opera singer based in New York City.

Mezzo-soprano vocal range (A3–A5) notated on the treble staff (left) and on piano keyboard in green with dot marking middle C (C4).

2014 to 2016 Leonard and Sharon Isbin performed a well-received series of eleven soprano/guitar-duet recitals, including at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall).

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.