(August 7, 1956 - living) U.S.A.
Sharon Isbinwas born in Minneapolis and began her guitar studies at age nine at Varese, Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in preparing the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (published by G. Schirmer).
She received a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of the guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and the Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution's 100-year history).
In the United States, Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 120 orchestras, including the National Symphony, Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Louis, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Utah, and Honolulu Symphonies, the Rochester, Brooklyn, and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the St. Paul, New York, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras.
In her spare time, Isbin enjoys trekking in the jungles of Latin America, motorcycling through Greek islands, cross-country skiing, snorkeling and backpacking.