Sean Shibe, classical guitar SJE Next Generation Series
Dowland: Forlorn Hope Fancy
Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Solo Guitar op.107
Walton: Five Bagatelles for Guitar
Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina op.52
Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland op.70
Sean Shibe is definitely a name to watch! The guitarist is much in demand at leading festivals, and brings an enticing array of music from the 16th century through to several works by 20th century British composers, who were inspired by the mastery of the inimitable Julian Bream. Walton's work was a fiftieth birthday present to Malcolm Arnold; Britten's work is a set of variations playing on the composer's preoccupation with the night and with dreams; Berkeley's sonatina has become one of the composer's most widely performed works since its premiere in 1958.
Born in Edinburgh in 1992, Sean studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and, currently with Paolo Pegorano for whose continued support he is very grateful. In 2012 he because the first guitarist selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
Sean has appeared as soloist with the Scottish Chamber, BBC Symphony and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. He recorded Takemitsu's To the Edge of Dream with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and performed with the BBC Singers broadcast live by Radio 3.
Concert highlights include his debut solo recital at Wigmore Hall, taking part in the Britten celebrations in Aldeburgh, and the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida.
Drawn to chamber music and song, Sean has collaborated with the Danish String Quartet, Mahan Esfahani, Robin Tritschler and Ben Johnson. This season he returns to Wigmore Hall, and gives recitals at the Heidelberger-Fruhling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Aldeburgh Festivals. He collaborates with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, cellist Isang Enders and tenor Robert Murray. Sean was selected by YCAT in 2015.
From the very first note he plays, Sean Shibe immediately draws in the attention of the audience… Sean Shibe created a magical atmosphere; he seems to intimately understand the meaning behind every note which he plays. Classical Guitar Magazine / Wigmore Hall / February 2014
A prodigious technician and supremely expressive player, Shibe gave a masterful account of this much-loved work. Bachtrack / Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Rodrigo / September 2012
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