Pentatone announces today that guitarist Sean Shibe has signed an exclusive, multi-album agreement with the label. The collaboration will be earmarked by the range and diversity for which Shibe already is known, with current plans encompassing solo, orchestral, acoustic, and electric guitar repertoire. Shibe has stunned audiences and critics alike in recent years with his daring and virtuosic programming. Following his selection as the first guitarist in the BBC New Generation Artist scheme, Shibe has gone on to win multiple awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and the inaugural 'Concept Album' Gramophone Award. He was recently chosen as one of the first musicians to perform live for Wigmore Hall’s BBC Radio 3 series, a performance that went on to receive five stars from the Guardian, and was hailed by The Times as “masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way.”
Shibe’s first solo recording on Pentatone will focus on Spanish impressionism and the French influences to be found in this music, presenting works by composers including Mompou, Poulenc, de Falla, and Ravel. Further details will be announced at a later date.
“The greatest performers always push the boundaries, and… Sean Shibe… is already in their select company…. The spell, as always with Shibe, was total; no other guitarist that I know of is working at this artistic level.” - The Arts Desk, March 2020
Sean Shibe says, “The artistic and aesthetic vision of Pentatone's releases - vitally, in some way always a reflection of the contemporary - marks them out as one of today’s leading labels. They deftly balance their genuine and refreshing commitment to new music with benchmark interpretations of canonical titans; an invigorating eclecticism. I’m delighted to begin the next stage in my recording career with Pentatone.”
Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE, says, “I became aware of Sean comparatively recently, hearing him perform at a function my colleagues and I were attending. Further to his sheer technical prowess and staggering versatility, the mastery of style and of the instrument itself – or themselves, rather – it was one of those truly extraordinary and rarest of moments, when one realizes he or she is in the presence of a unique artistic personality. We’re beyond excited that he is joining the Pentatone family."
Classical music label Pentatone was founded in 2001, and has gone on to find great success with artists such as Julia Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski, Piotr Bezcala, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 2019, they won the Gramophone Award for best label, are ICMA Label of the Year 2020 and have produced multiple Grammy-Award-winning recordings.
For more information, visit the Pentatone website here.