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Sharon Isbin

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Sharon Isbin (born 1956) is a classical guitarist and the founder of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School (1989). She won a Grammy Award in 2001 for her Dreams of a World: Folk-Inspired Music for Guitar. It was the first classical guitar Grammy in 28 years. She won another in 2002.

She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Classical Guitarist" award and the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. Sharon Isbin has commissioned more concerti than any other guitarist.

Isbin's catalogue of over 20 recordings ranges from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion.

In 1995, her disc was the first ever American guitar concert presented to a Russian cosmonaut during a rendezvous between the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian spaceship Mir.

According to Boston Magazine, Sharon Isbin is the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.

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