Critical Acclaim

01.02.19
Sharon Isbin

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"Classical guitar’s reigning diva."
Dallas Morning News

"Brilliant Virtuoso"
London Times

"Superb artistry ... mesmerizing finesse."
Los Angeles Times

"One of the best guitarists in the world."
Boston Globe

"She gets nuances out of the classical guitar few guitarists since Segovia have matched. Everything she performs bespeaks perfect technical control yet suggests spontaneous improvisation—the art that conceals art."
Chicago Tribune

Guitar Virtuoso Sharon Isbin Offers an Evening to Remember
“It would be nearly impossible to find an American classical guitarist more influential than Sharon Isbin. Her jaw-dropping technique and lyrical interpretations have helped bring the guitar into the classical mainstream, and a rather spectacular array of new masterworks has been written expressly for her ... Isbin conjures an extraordinary palette of sound.”
The Washington Post

Sharon Isbin constituted luxury programming
The Washington Post exclaims, Sharon Isbin “offers an intense, elastic sound, resilient and nuanced and controlled and brought across in all its detail” in her first of three performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. “The orchestra was definitely crisper during the first half of the program... thanks to the presence of Sharon Isbin, arguably today’s most famous active guitarist.”
The Washington Post

Guitar Greats Grace the Stage at the MPAC
“Guitar Greats Grace the Stage at the MPAC Billed as Guitar Passions—Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo—presented a stellar set of Brazilian and Latin flavored music. All three players are guitar geniuses...a world class concert from three world class musicians.”
SoundPress.net

Guitarist Isbin Shines at Intimate Recital
“Isbin is a master molder of color, balance, equilibrium and resonance. Her dynamic range extends from the barely audible to a hearty mezzo-forte that, in this context, seemed to roar. She speaks as eloquently in thin whispers as in bold, vibrant tones, and the audience’s stillness spoke volumes about Isbin’s expressive powers.”
The Washington Post

Classical Guitarist Making Herself Heard
“... poetry and warmth of the guitar’s timbre: her sound was rounded and buttery throughout ...”
The New York Times

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin shines in performance with Nashville Symphony
“Guitar with orchestra has historically been an unusual pairing, but six-string virtuoso Sharon Isbin is changing that...”
Nashville SCENE

A masterful Isbin reigns over the classical guitar
“Sharon Isbin, who performed Thursday in Coral Gables, is the instrument's reigning star.”
The Miami Herald

Guitarist Sharon Isbin creates rare, totally hushed moment
“Her first performance Thursday ... created one of those rare, totally hushed moments that don’t occur often enough in the concert hall.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Performances by Eugene Symphony, guitarist Sharon Isbin paint beautiful musical picture
“Rouse’s Concert di Gaudí displayed the composer’s genius as an orchestral colorist... Isbin spun out an ornate yet poignantly expressive melodic line. And in the finale’s cadenza, the guitarist’s nuanced sensitivity and virtuosity commanded the listener’s undivided attention ... exquisitely delivered encore ... much-deserved standing ovation.”
The Register-Guard

Lansing Symphony, Sharon Isbin serve up smashing night of Latin music
“The centerpiece of the night was the famous Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, with Sharon Isbin, arguably the world’s foremost classical guitarist. The pairing produced one of the orchestra’s most spellbinding concerto performances in recent memory. The performance started with technical mastery and quickly rose to the level of a spiritual experience... Isbin has a surgeon’s concentration, a rocket scientist’s skills and a troubadour’s heart.”
Lansing City Pulse

Mezzo-soprano, guitarist delight in Four Arts concert
“...a journey to Spain in the company of two master storytellers, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon Isbin. Isbin is, simply put, one of the greatest artists of her generation—a guitarist with the highest technical and interpretive skills... Isbin’s guitar crackled with electricity. Leonard could bring us to tears... This performance was the finest this reviewer has ever experienced. A treasurable evening.”
Palm Beach Daily News

Guitarist and VSO Pack the Paramount
“The concerto by Chris Brubeck takes off, right from the beginning, with Isbin delivering rapid-fire virtuosity with infectious themes ... The slow middle is a tender jazz-based tribute to Dave Brubeck, and Isbin played with heartfelt warmth and tenderness... Isbin also wowed and touched with Joaquìn Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. She was truly charismatic in the virtuosic first and third movements, and eloquently tender in the gorgeous slow middle section. Isbin is much more than a virtuoso; she is an artist of depth.”
The Rutland Herald

Guitarist Isbin a knockout with CSO
“In what proves to be a knock-out combination, she merges extraordinary technical facility with a clean, lithe style, and, perhaps most important, the evocative power of a keen storyteller.”
Denver Post

Something special | Classical guitar master Sharon Isbin shines at Scott
“Impeccable voicing and a bell-like clarity added excitement to the samba rhythms of Isaias Savio’s Batucada ...”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Isbin fills Caruth with refined guitar playing
“Ms. Isbin brought the loveliest improvisational feeling to Enrique Granados’ Spanish Dance No. 5 and generously expressive pliancy to Francisco Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra.”
Dallas Morning News

Sharon Isbin plays beyond virtuosity
“... her playing connects in ways that are deeply instinctual and natural, drawing one into the moment like the best storytelling does.”
Boston Globe

Sharon Isbin at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall | A journey of a thousand colors begins with the artistry of Sharon Isbin
"Her obviously deep love of the instrument and its traditions is matched by her flawless intonation, clarity of articulation and ability to spin a warm singing line as subtly and sensitively as any classical recital singer.”
Chicago Tribune