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 2012 included his Wigmore Hall debut, concerts in Hungary and Italy and sell-out performances at the East Neuk, Brighton, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lammermuir Festivals. He made his debut with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and was hailed by critics as “a prodigious technician and supremely expressive player”.
2013 has featured a number of recordings for BBC Radio Three, notably Takemitsu’s ‘To the edge of Dream’ with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and collaborations with Spanish soprano, Clara Mouriz. At the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, Sean spent the summer at the Marlboro Music Festival, followed by further recordings with Robin Tritschler, performances in Italy and at Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend celebrating Julian Bream and Benjamin Britten. On Sunday 24th November Sean performed live on Radio Three at Aldeburgh as part of the final weekend of the year-long Britten Centenary celebrations.