Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” Winner of Guitar Player’s Best Classical Guitarist award, Germany’s Echo Klassik, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions, she has appeared as soloist with nearly 200 orchestras. She has given sold-out performances in many of the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Geffen Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. She created and directed festivals for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Theatre (St. Paul), New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the national radio series Guitarjam.
The acclaimed documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour has been seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations across the U.S., and abroad including Europe, Japan and Mexico. Winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award, the film is available with bonus performances on DVD and Blu-ray. Watch the trailer at:www.sharonisbintroubadour.com.Other recent national television performances on PBS include the Billy Joel Gershwin Prize with Josh Groban, and Tavis Smiley. Ms. Isbin has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Sunday Morning, Showtime’s The L Word, Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial, the White House by invitation of President Obama, and as the only classical artist in the 2010 GRAMMY Awards. Profiled in periodicals from People to Elle, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, she has appeared on the cover of over 45 magazines.
Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings—from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion—reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest release, Alma Española with Argentinian-American opera star Isabel Leonard, has been a #1 bestseller, and is the first Spanish art song album with guitar of its kind in 40 years, including twelve world premiere arrangements by Isbin. It was honored by a 2018 GRAMMY Award for Producer of the Year, Classical in recordings by David Frost. Other recent bestselling titles include Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums, and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions with guests Steve Vai, Heart’s Nancy Wilson and others. Her 2010 GRAMMY-winning Journey to the New World with guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor spent 63 consecutive weeks on top Billboard charts. Other GRAMMYs include her world premiere recording of concerti written for her by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun, and Dreams of a World which made her the first classical guitarist in 28 years to receive the award. She received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for her disc of Rodrigo/Ponce/Villa-Lobos concerti with the New York Philharmonic—their only recording with a guitar soloist. Other honors include Germany's Echo Klassik Award and Gramophone's Recording of the Year.
Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of our time and has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist. Works written for her by Corigliano, Schwantner and Foss are featured on her American Landscapes, the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti. Her latest world premieres include Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra composed for her by Chris Brubeck, and a work by Richard Danielpour commissioned for her by Carnegie Hall for its 125th anniversary and by Chicago’s Harris Theater.
Other recent highlights include tours with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Austria’s Tonkünstler Orchestra and Belgium’s Philharmonique de Liege, a week of performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes, a 21-city Guitar Passions tour with jazz greats Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo, collaborations with Sting, tours with the Pacifica Quartet, performances with the Detroit, National and Montreal Symphonies, and sold-out recitals in Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Isbin appears as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Montreal, St. Louis, Nashville, New Jersey, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Buffalo and Utah Symphonies; Saint Paul, Los Angeles, Zurich, Scottish and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras; the London Symphony and Orchestre National de France; and BBC Scottish, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Prague, Milan Verdi, Belgrade, Mexico City, Jerusalem and Tokyo Symphonies. Her festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Interlochen, Santa Fe, Mexico City, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Montreux, Strasbourg, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, Ravenna, Prague and Budapest International Festivals.
Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at nine in Italy, later studying with Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, and Rosalyn Tureck with whom she collaborated on landmark editions/recordings of the Bach lute suites for guitar (Warner Classics/G. Schirmer). She authored the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and directs guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in 1989. Please visit her on Facebook, Twitter and www.sharonisbin.com.
Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Born to sarod maestro Haafiz Ali Khan, he is the sixth generation in the Legendary Line of the Senia Bangash School. Since giving his first performance at the age of six, he has played for audiences worldwide, bringing a new and yet timeless interpretation to the repertoire, whilst being widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod.
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali Khan has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, UNICEF's National Ambassadorship and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize.
Amjad Ali Khan has made regular appearances at Carnegie Hall New York, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall London, Sydney Opera House Australia, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Esplanade Singapore, Kennedy Center Washington and Symphony Center Chicago. He has performed at festivals worldwide including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, WOMAD, World Beat Festival, Enescu Festival Bucharest, and the BBC Proms as well as for prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, World Arts Summit and for the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo in 2014.
Samaagam, his first sarod concerto, has been performed by the Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre National d'Lle de France, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Recent highlights include performances with sons Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash at WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand festivals, and performances of Samaagam in Melbourne, Houston, Portland, New Jersey, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of the annual UN Day. Amjad Ali Khan also made a much-anticipated return to London's Royal Festival Hall in April 2019 with Ayaan and Amaan.
Amjad Ali Khan's passion for bringing the sarod to new audiences has seen him give numerous residencies as well as being appointed as Visiting Professor at several universities, including Stanford University, University of New Mexico, York University and Jacob's School of Music.
Amjad Ali Khan is a Gold Medal Winner at the Global Music Awards for his outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. This honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio of Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash in recognition of their "Peace Worshipers" album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. Disciples of their father the great sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, both were initiated into the fine art of sarod playing from an early age, with each brother giving their first public performances at the age of eight.
They have performed across the globe, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in the USA, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall and Barbican Centre in the UK, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Esplanade Singapore and Sydney Opera house. They have also appeared at festivals including WOMAD, Edinburgh International Festival and World Beat in Brisbane.
Their pioneering approach to the repertoire has led them to collaborate with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, guitarist Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, cellist Matthew Barley, Bulgarian violinist Elmira Dararova and folk singer Carrie Newcomer. They also regularly perform their father's sarod concerto Samaagam which they have played with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Moscow State Phlharmonic.
Along with their father they are Gold Medal Winners at the Global Music Awards for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. This honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in recognition of their "Peace Worshipers" album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.
Recent highlights include performances with Amjad Ali Khan at London's Royal Festival Hall, WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand festivals, and performances of Samaagam in Melbourne, Houston, Portland, New Jersey, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, as part of the annual UN day. As a duo, they perform a programme of crossover classical repertoire with violinist Jennifer Pike at Wigmore Hall, Swaledale Festival and Newbury Spring Festival.
Sarah Morelli is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music (Ph.D. Harvard, 2007). Active as a scholar and performer, her work draws on training with Hindustani music maestro Ali Akbar Khan (voice and sarod), with kathak dance master Pandit Chitresh Das, and with noted disciples including George Ruckert, Gretchen Hayden and Steve Oda.
Her monograph, A Guru’s Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora (University of Illinois Press, 2019), is an ethnographic account of Pandit Das’s dance company and school, his unique contributions to kathak, and processes of culture-change in artistic diasporas. This research has also led to publications in The Music of Multicultural America: Performance, Identity, and Community in the United States, Anthropological Notebooks, and College Music Symposium Forums. Sarah is also the author of the Instructor’s Manual for the college-level world music textbook Soundscapes (W.W. Norton, 3rd ed.) and is currently co-editingMusic and Dance as Everyday South Asia, a volume emphasizing the diversity of music and dance practices in South Asia and diasporic communities.
As a performer, Sarah is a founding member of the Leela Dance Collective, which brings together leading kathak artists working collaboratively to advance a collective vision for kathak’s future. Her kathak performances have included full solos and leading roles in productions in U.S. and India at venues such as Mumbai’s Royal Opera House, LA’s Ford Amphitheatre, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Sarah is founder and artistic director of the Sureela Academy of Kathak in Denver, CO and currently serves on the Boards of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Asian Music, and the Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company.