In November 2010 Perth Concert Hall hosted the Dewar Awards 10th Anniversary celebration. Set up by Jack McConnell in memory of Scotland's first First Minister to commemorate his love of the arts the Dewar Awards have supported many wonderful young Scottish Artists through their studies and at the beginning of their careers. On that November day a quiet 18 year-old Scottish/Japanese guitarist blew my mind away. Sean Shibe's performance had such quiet authority and inspiration that I saw a real future star in the making. It turns out I was right! We invited him to be Artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival, he became a member of the BBC's prestigious New Generation Artists scheme and after that was supported for some years by the Young Concert Artists Trust. Two years ago his career took flight. He was elected Royal Philharmonic Society young musician of the year in 2018 and won a the first ever Gramophone Award for a concept Album in 2019. He has made several highly successful discs for Scottish label Delphian and has recently signed to Pentatone in a multi-disc deal. In theory he is coming back to Perth in February. Let's hope it is more than theory!
Sean Shibe at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards click here
Sean Shibe plays Steve Reich click here
Interview with a very young Sean Shibe for BBC Radio 3 click here