One of the most versatile guitarists performing today, Sean Shibe’s innovative approach to his instrument has enhanced his reputation for having “one of the most discriminating ears in the business” (Gramophone). He was the first guitarist ever to be selected for BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and, in 2018, to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists. Additional accolades include the Royal Over-Seas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), and a prize from Dewar Arts and the 2015 YCAT International Auditions.
2021 marks the release of Shibe’s latest album Camino recorded for Pentatone and featuring an introspective programme of French and Iberian music. The album has been named the recording of the month by BBC Music Magazine as well the recording of the week by The Guardian, Presto Classical, and The Times describing it as “one of the most compelling and touching recitals for the instrument I can recall”. Camino follows a string of successes recorded for Delphian Records. Shibe’s debut album Dreams and Fancies (2017) was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award. The Gramophone Award-winning softLOUD (2018) was hailed as “spectacular” (Gramophone) and “gripping” (The Guardian), using both acoustic and electric guitar in repertoire ranging from Scottish lute manuscripts to electric guitar arrangements of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. With the laconically titled Bach (2020), a chart-topping recording of Bach lute suites arranged for guitar, Shibe became the cover star of Gramophone Magazine’s June 2020 issue in which the disc was named Editor’s Choice. The recording earned glowing reviews from The Times and The Scotsman, with Presto Classical and Europadisc both naming it ‘Disc of the Week’ and has been nominated for the Gramophone Award in the Instrumental Category.