Sean Shibe was born in Edinburgh in 1992. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2012 with first-class honours, the youngest musician to have ever entered the establishment, and continues his studies with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. Sean has been a trailblazer for his instrument: he is the first guitarist to be admitted to the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.

In 2009 Sean won first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and in 2011 he became only the second guitarist ever to win the Royal Over-Seas League first prize and gold medal following the competition final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Highlights of 2013 included recording Takemitsu’s ‘To the Edge of Dream’ with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, attending the Marlboro Summer Music Festival at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, performances in Italy and at Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend, and performing live on BBC Radio Three at Aldeburgh  as part of the final weekend of the year-long Britten Centenary celebrations.

Sean gave his Wigmore Hall solo recital debut in February 2014, later reviewed by Classical Guitar Magazine: “From the very first note he plays, Sean Shibe immediately draws in the attention of the audience… Sean Shibe created a magical atmosphere; he seems to intimately understand the meaning behind every note which he plays.”

Highlights of the coming season include his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, performing the Arnold Guitar Concerto with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and a welcome return to Marlboro in Summer 2015.


9 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Arturo Noyola says:

    I’ve been trying to follow your whereabouts from Mexico City, Sean. I’m a big fan of the guitar. Congratulations on the fine career you are building for yourself. I’m curious… what guitar is a very young, succesful guitarist playing on? Do you favor a British luthier?

  2. Evelyn Silber says:

    I have just listened with huge delight to the Radio 3 broadcast of the Wigmore Hall recital and hope to get a chance to hear you in Scotland soon. Hope you will record something soon.

  3. Andre Bonfiglioli says:

    I heard your Wigmore Hall concert on radio 3 today. Great playing and a wonderful choice of programme. I couldn’t quite catch what the encore was. I know it was Mompou but couldn’t get the piece. Which one was it? I’d love to play it!

  4. Elizabeth-Anne G says:

    A young unassuming musician whose love of his instrument renders him free of any inhibitions – destined for hugely great things as he gives his all to his art, only he and his guitar exist and that’s all the audience needs…

  5. Lyndon Antle, in Edinburgh says:

    Dear Sean, I follow your career with a mixture of wonder and amazement, delight and huge respect. I bow to you you. Lyndon, Edinburgh.

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