Aspen Music Festival And School

Sharon IsbinBack To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • classical guitar

Sharon Isbin, multi Grammy Award–winning guitarist and winner of the Toronto, Munich, and Madrid competitions, gives up to 100 performances each season. Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) was a #1 bestseller on, and includes guests Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo, and Steve Vai. She received Grammys for Dreams of a World, Concerti by Christopher Rouse/Tan Dun, and Journey to the New World, which spent sixty-three weeks on top Billboard charts. Ms. Isbin’s twenty-five CDs include Bach’s lute suites, Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed soundtrack, and concertos written for her by Corigliano, Foss, and Schwantner. She received a Latin Grammy nomination for concertos with the New York Philharmonic, their only guitar recording. Other honors include Germany’s Echo Klassik Award, Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, and Guitar Player’s Best Guitarist award. Recent highlights include tours with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, a twenty-city “Guitar Passions” tour, and the premiere of Chris Brubeck’s concerto Affinity. Author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book and founding director of Juilliard’s guitar department, she was also artistic director-soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and NPR. The award-winning documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour was seen by millions on PBS and is available on DVD/Blu-ray. Visit

Robert Spano, Music Director

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