About Sean

One of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Sean Shibe brings a fresh and innovative approach to the traditional classical guitar by experimenting with instruments and repertoire.

The first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, he was selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust artist between 2015-2017. In 2018, Sean Shibe became the first guitarist to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists; and in 2019, he won a Gramophone Award in the newly-created ‘Concept Album’ category for his critically acclaimed recording softLOUD. Further awards include the Royal Over-Seas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011); Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009); and a Dewar Arts and D’Addarrio endorsement.

Sean Shibe’s commitment to expanding the repertoire for his instrument sees him conceive imaginative programmes, heavily featuring new music, as well as newly commissioned works; recent and future performances include new music by James MacMillan, Daniel Kidane, Brian Bolger, David Fennessy, Sofia Gubaidulina, and the premiere of a reworked version of Georges Lentz’s Ingwe, in collaboration with the composer himself. New commissions include Lliam Paterson, David Fennessy, Freya Waley-Cohen, and young Welsh composer Sylvia Villa.

After a 5 star recital of electric and acoustic guitar works at Wigmore Hall in March 2020, Sean was one of the first artists to return to the Hall for their new socially-distanced concert series in June, giving a recital of Scottish Lute Manuscripts, Bach and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, receiving 5 stars from The Guardian for his ‘irresistible style and authority…a nonchalant virtuoso and boundary breaker’. Sean’s new chart-topping recording of Bach lute suites arranged for guitar was also released in May 2020 on Delphian Records. The disc received considerable critical attention: Sean was the cover star of Gramophone Magazine’s June 2020 issue, in which the disc was named Editor’s Choice; The Times and The Scotsman both awarded the disc five stars; Presto Classical and Europadisc both named the recording Disc of the Week’; and it spent 3 weeks at number 1 and 2 months in the top 5 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts.

Full biography.

Bach: ‘Pour la Luth ò Cembal’

3 weeks at No. 1, 2 months in Top 5, in the UK Specialist Classical Charts

BBC Radio 3 Record Review: “I couldn’t stop playing this recording – it’s some of the classiest and most compelling Bach playing I’ve heard on the guitar.”

Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice

Presto Classical Recording of the Week

Europadisc Disc of the Week


Apple Music


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