I first met Japanese/Scottish Sean Shibe when he came to Perth for the 10th Anniversary of the Dewar Awards. Aged 18 then he was clearly outrageously talented so I met him with a view to his becoming an artist in residence at the Lammermuir Festival. My opening was unusual 'I hate the guitar'. As quick as a flash Sean replied 'that is because most of the time you are hearing bad Spanish guitar music - I try not to play it'. Since then he has been a BBC New Generation artist, taken up by the Young Concert Artists Trust and in 2018 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. He is the poster boy on the front cover of this month's Gramophone. He is now regarded as the successor to Julian Bream - his own idol.
Sean Shibe at the Wigmore Hall on BBC Radio 3 June 2020 here
Sean Shibe plays Walton's 5 Bagatelles at the Wigmore Hall - watch here
Sean Shibe becomes Royal Philharmonic Society 2018 Artist of the Year - watch here
Sean Shibe becomes a BBC New Generation Artist - watch here