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By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Spend Mother's Day with Sharon Isbin's classical guitar performance on May 8th, and feel free to treat Mom too.


Sharon Isbin

U.S. Classical Guitar is presenting - as part of the U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2022 - multiple GRAMMY Award winner and world-renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin in a solo recital on Mother's Day, May 8 at First Congregational Church Los Angeles.

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, Isbin was named the 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year, the first guitarist ever to receive the coveted honor in its 59 year award history.

She is the winner of the Toronto, Madrid and Munich ARD Competitions, Germany's Echo Klassik, Guitar Player's Best Classical Guitarist awards, and has appeared as soloist with over 200 orchestras, giving sold-out performances in many of the world's finest music halls across 40 countries.

The documentary "Sharon Isbin: Troubadour," seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations across the U.S. and abroad, won the ASCAP Television Broadcast Award and is available on DVD/Blu-ray and Amazon streaming. She performed in Scorsese's Oscar-winning "The Departed," at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial, the White House by invitation of President Obama, and as the only classical artist in the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Isbin's catalogue of over 35 albums has sold nearly a million copies and reflects her remarkable versatility. Her two recent recordings were named Best of 2020 and feature world premieres composed for her: "Affinity," showcasing Chris Brubeck's dazzling guitar concerto (a tribute to his father Dave), along with works by Leo Brouwer, Tan Dun, Antonio Lauro and Richard Danilpour; and "Strings for Peace" with India's legendary sarod master Amjad Ali Khan in a program of ragas for guitar, sarod and tabla.

Her GRAMMY-winning "Journey to the New World" with guests Joan Baez and Mark O'Conner spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts. She also received a Latin GRAMMY nomination and GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Music Artist for her Billboard Top 10 recording with the New York Philharmonic of the famous "Rodgrigo Concierto do Aranjuez/Ponce/Villa-Lobos concertos, the Philharmonic's only recording with guitar.

Recent highlights include a 21-day Guitar Passions tour with jazz great Stanley Jordan, sold-out concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, including a collaboration with Sting. Her latest partnership, "Strings for Peace," with Khan, is an eloquent and impassioned call for harmony - in music, religion, and culture throughout the world.

As a chamber musician, Isbin has performed with the Emerson String Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, soprano Jessica Rivera, and has shared the stage with luminaries from Aretha Franklin to Muhammed Ali.

She studied with the legendary Andres Segovia and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School which she created in 1989.

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