About Sean

In 2017 Sean Shibe’s softLOUD project premiered to critical acclaim at the East Neuk Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, before going on to the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe as part of the Scottish Government’s prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase. Challenging preconceptions, softLOUD juxtaposes early Scottish lute pieces for acoustic guitar, with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire including US composer Julia Wolfe’s powerful elegy LAD and David Lang’s Killer.

This summer Sean undertook a tour of China and Delphian released his first solo CD of English music. Future highlights include debut concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya and recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle and Cumnock Tryst Festival. As a soloist he appears with the Scottish Ensemble and records with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Born in Edinburgh, Sean studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. At the age of 20 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.   He was selected by YCAT in 2015.

Full biography.

softLOUD at the Edinburgh Fringe

After receiving critical acclaim and being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 following its premiere at the East Neuk Festival, softLOUD returns to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 21 – 26 August.

“uncompromising monumentality” – The Scotsman

“unmissable”The Herald

“only Shibe could have thought of asking her [Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe] if she minded his transcribing it [LAD, originally for 9 bagpipes] for nine electric guitars…genius, a term which should rarely be applied to performing musicians, but at 25 Shibe has it.” – theartsdesk.com

Purchase tickets for softLOUD at the fringe here

Further info



Dreams & Fancies: English music for solo guitar

The Herald: “Unmissable”

The Sunday Times: “The most seductive of charmed sounds…His playing unites finesse and poetry…”



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