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Sharon Isbin Is A 'Master Colorist' Of The Classical Guitar

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Sharon Isbin, "the Monet of the classical guitar," returns to Musician’s Spotlight to talk technique, collaboration and guitar diplomacy with host John Floridis. Isbin's accomplishments involve big numbers: she has recorded more than 30 albums, premiered 80 new works by composers like John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner and Lukas Foss, performed as a soloist with over 200 orchestras around the world, appeared on numerous television and radio programs, hit #2 on Billboard, and won dozens of prestigious honors and awards. Isbin earned her degrees from Yale and studied with Andrès Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, and noted Bach scholar and keyboardist, Rosalyn Tureck. She's the director of the guitar department at the Aspen Music Festival, and since 1989, at the Juilliard School, making her the first and only guitar instructor in Julliard's history. A few of the many guitarists Isbin has collaborated with from outside the classical world: Stanley Jordan, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Steve Van, and Larry Coryell.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  1/19/21 and 5/4/21. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.
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