Sean Shibe is a BBC3 New Generation Artist, having been admitted to the scheme earlier this year as its first classical guitarist. He was born in Edinburgh in 1992, and is currently studying under Paolo Pegoraro in Graz and Pordenone. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in July 2012 with first class honours – the youngest musician ever to have entered the establishment.
He competes on an international level – in 2008, aged 16 he was a finalist in the Westfalian Guitar Spring in Erwitte, Germany, the first senior competition he entered, and later the same year received the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s Chanterelle Guitar Prize. The following year he won the Royal Over-Seas League Len Lickorish Award for a String Player of Promise, was awarded 2nd place in the LiGiTa International Guitar Competition and Festival and 1st Prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In May 2011 he became only the second guitarist ever to win the Royal Over-Seas League first prize and gold medal following the competition’s final held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. In February 2012 he became the first solo guitarist to receive a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.
Highlights of Sean Shibe’s last season have included his Wigmore Hall debut, concerts in Hungary and Italy and sell-out performances in the East Neuk, Brighton, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lammermuir festivals. He made his Scottish Chamber Orchestra debut at concerts in Scotland during September 2012 and also with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to sold-out City Halls (Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez) in November 2012. This Summer he will accept the personal invitation of artistic director Mitsuko Uchida, and attend the Marlboro Music Festival.
He is D’Addarrio endorsee, tweets @seanstshibe and blogs @seanshibe.com. He is greatly appreciative of support from the Caird Travel Awards and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.