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Sharon Isbin, multiple Grammy–winning guitarist and winner of the Toronto, Munich, and Madrid competitions, has been soloist with nearly 200 orchestras. Her Alma Espanola with Isabel Leonard was honored at the 2018 Grammys with a Producer of the Year Classical award, and is the first Spanish art song album of its kind in 40 years, including 12 world premiere arrangements by Isbin. Other recent #1 bestselling titles include Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums, and Guitar Passions with guests Steve Vai and Stanley Jordan. She received Grammys for Dreams of a World, Concerti by Christopher Rouse/Tan Dun, and Journey to the New World, which spent 63 weeks on top Billboard charts. Among her 30 recordings are Bach’s lute suites created in collaboration with Rosalyn Tureck, 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, Germany’s Echo Klassik Award, Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, and Guitar Player’s Best Guitarist award. Recent highlights include tours with the Pacifica String Quartet, a twenty-city “Guitar Passions” tour, and the premiere of Chris Brubeck’s concerto Affinity. She served as artistic director-soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and NPR, authored the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and directs guitar departments at AMFS and at Juilliard where she is the program’s founding director. The documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour has been seen by millions on PBS and abroad, won the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award, and is available on DVD/Blu-ray. Visit

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