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 April 2018 he was shortlisted for two categories (Young Artist and Instrumentalist) in the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the results of which will be announced in May 2018.
In 2017 Sean Shibe’s debut solo album release on Delphian Records was met with critical acclaim and won him a nomination in the BBC Music Magazine ‘Instrumental Award’ category. 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.
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. He was a YCAT artist between 2015 – 2017.
He has performed at internationally renowned venues including Aldeburgh Festival, Bath International Festival and Heidelberger-Frühling. He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, and has extensively toured in China.