Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe is “one of the foremost guitarists” of his generation. In 2018 Sean Shibe won the Young Artist Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society following a hugely successful debut album release on Delphian Records, which also won him a nomination in the BBC Music Magazine ‘Instrumental Award’ category. 

Dreams and Fancies is a recording that explores the fruits of Julian Bream’s history of commissioning in the 20th Century alongside music by Dowland and was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone as well as BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice.

Alongside the success of his recording debut, Sean Shibe’s “uncompromisingly monumental” project softLOUD premiered at the East Neuk and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals – a revelatory programme juxtaposing Jacobean lute music for classical guitar, with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire including US Pulitzer prize winning composers Julia Wolfe’s powerful elegy LAD, (originally written for 9 bagpipes) and David Lang’s Killer. These works form part of the new softLOUD recording

Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of English and Japanese heritage, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. At the age of 20 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was a YCAT artist between 2015 – 2017.

He has performed at internationally renowned venues including Aldeburgh Festival, Bath International Festival, Heidelberger-Frühling and the Musashino Hall in Tokyo. He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, and has extensively toured in China. Future engagements include debut concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ensemble, Trondheim Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, MITO Settembre Musica and the Liszt Academy in Budapest.