Guitarist Sharon Isbin, soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this weekend, will visit informally with UALR students and faculty at 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in UALR‚Äôs Fine Arts Building.
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, Isbin has been hailed as, ‚Äúthe pre-eminent guitarist of our time.‚ÄĚ The multiple Grammy Award winner is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine‚Äôs ‚ÄúBest Classical Guitarist‚ÄĚ award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.
She has given sold-out performances throughout the world in the greatest halls including New York‚Äôs Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston‚Äôs Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.‚Äôs Kennedy Center, London‚Äôs Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam‚Äôs Concertgebouw, Paris‚Äô Ch√Ętelet, Vienna‚Äôs Musikverein, Munich‚Äôs Herkulessaal, Madrid‚Äôs Teatro Real, and many others.
She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, her own series at New York‚Äôs 92nd Street YMCA, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. She is a frequent guest on national radio programs including ‚ÄúAll Things Considered‚ÄĚ and Garrison Keillor‚Äôs ‚ÄúA Prairie Home Companion.‚ÄĚ
Isbin‚Äôs catalogue of over 25 recordings ‚ÄĒ from baroque, Spanish/Latin, and 20th century to crossover and jazz-fusion ‚ÄĒ reflects remarkable versatility. Recently signed to Sony Masterworks as an exclusive recording artist, her 2010 Grammy Award winning CD, “Journey to the New World” includes guests Joan Baez in songs, and Mark O‚ÄôConnor in the world premiere of his folk-inspired suite for violin and guitar.
Isbin performs 60 to 100 concerts a season, and recent highlights have included tours with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Tonk√ľnstler Orchestra throughout Austria including Vienna‚Äôs Musikverein, recitals in New York‚Äôs 92nd St. Y and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; a week of concerto and recital performances presented by the Th√©√Ętre du Ch√Ętelet in Paris, and as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Filarmonica Toscanini in Milan, and the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes.
Ms. Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 160 orchestras, including in the United States the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore, Detroit, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, St. Louis, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Utah, Memphis and Honolulu Symphonies, the Rochester, Brooklyn and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the St. Paul, New York and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras.