New Artist: Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe

2 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that the guitarist Sean Shibe has joined the Rayfield Allied roster.

Sean Shibe is “one of the foremost guitarists” of his generation. His approach to the traditional classical guitar canon avoids cliché and challenges all preconceptions.

In 2017 Sean Shibe’s debut solo album release on Delphian Records was met with critical acclaim. 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 early Scottish lute pieces for acoustic 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.

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.

With an acute interest in commissioning new works for the instrument, Sean Shibe will premiere new pieces by Michael Murray, whilst appearing as soloist with the  Scottish Ensemble, and records John Adams Naive and Sentimental Music with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Future engagements include debut concerts in Nagoya, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall performing J.S Bach, Villa-Lobos and Takemitsu, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle and Cumnock Tryst.   

Sean Shibe is represented worldwide by Emily Granozio.

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