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.”