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Wall Street Journal: Sharon Isbin: Notes From a Classical Guitarist

For most of her childhood, Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin imagined a different career for herself: She wanted to be a rocket scientist. Her father, a chemical engineer, used to make her practice the guitar before she was allowed to work on the model rockets that she would construct and send speeding skyward.

The bribery worked. By age 14, Ms. Isbin performed as a soloist before an audience of 10,000 in her hometown of Minneapolis. “I walked out on the stage and thought, ‘This is even more exciting than seeing my worms and grasshoppers go up to space,’ ” she remembers. MORE

Published December 2, 2014
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Grammy Awards for David Lang, Sharon Isbin, Marin Alsop

David Lang, faculty composer

David Lang, faculty composer

At last night’s ceremony, Grammy Awards went to Yale School of Music faculty composer and alumnus David Lang (DMA, Yale School of Music) and alumnae Sharon Isbin (BA, Yale College; MM, Yale School of Music) and Marin Alsop (BA, Yale College).

The Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance was awarded to David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, in a Harmonia Mundi recording by Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier.

Sharon Isbin won the prize for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) for her CD Journey To The New World (with Joan Baez & Mark O’Connor) on Sony Classical. MORE

Published February 1, 2010
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Grammy nominations for Yale alumni


Sharon Isbin

Four Yale alumni – Marin Alsop, Sharon Isbin, Maureen Nelson, and Richard Belcher – received nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards. Alsop, a graduate of Yale College, is the artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the first woman to hold such a position at a major American orchestra. The other three are graduates of the School of Music.

Nelson, a violinist, and Belcher, a cellist, are members of the Enso Quartet. The quartet, formed in 1999 at the School of Music, has earned multiple honors at the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition and victories at the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. The ensemble’s 2005 debut on Naxos Records, a 2-CD set of Ignaz Pleyel’s six string quartets, Op. 2, garnered rave reviews. The Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance goes to their most recent Naxos release, the three string quartets of Alberto Ginastera, featuring soprano Lucy Shelton.

Alsop’s recording for Naxos of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was nominated for Best Classical Album. In addition, the album’s producer, Steven Epstein, was nominated for Best Producer of the Year, Classical. And Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, which Alsop and the London Philharmonia Orchestra recorded on Alsop Conducts MacMillan, Adès, & Higdon, was nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. MORE

Published December 14, 2009
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