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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Since receiving a BBT fellowship in February 2012 I have noticeably felt my career developing. I have received opportunities that I know would not have come about without the weight of the reputation of the Trust's support, but also been helped vastly. The help was not only in terms of the financial freedom to move in any musical direction, but more importantly in the advice given me by David, Susan and Debra. Thanks!

Sean Shibe"

Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of Scottish and Japanese heritage, Sean Shibe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy.  He is the first guitarist to be admitted to the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.  Other awards include the Royal Overseas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009) and D’Addarrio endorsement.   

Over the last two years Sean has appeared as soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.

Concert highlights include his debut solo recital at Wigmore Hall, taking part in the Britten celebrations in Aldeburgh, Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend and the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida.  This season he returns to Wigmore Hall and the Marlboro Festival.

Drawn to chamber music and song, Sean has collaborated with the Danish String Quartet recording Boccherini’s Fandango, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and singers Robin Tritschler and Ben Johnson in repertoire ranging from 20th Century English song to music by Schubert, Weber and Seiber. He performed music for voice and guitar from Spain and Latin America with the BBC Singers broadcast live by Radio 3. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015.

Photographs by Ben Ealovega

  • Showcase concerts at 2012 IAMA Conference in Budapest and at 22 Mansfield Street, London
  • Purchase of laptop, video camera and microphone
  • Travel to study abroad
  • Production of sampler CD
  • New photos
  • Promotional Postcards
  • Concert clothes
  • Fundraising concert at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace
  • Contribution towards purchase of Simplicio guitar
  • Participation in Wednesdays at Wilton's
    (25 February & 25 March 2015)
Introducing Sean Shibe

Introducing Sean Shibe

J.S. Bach: Prelude BWV 998

J.S. Bach: Fugue BWV 998

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio Diabolico

The flourishing career of guitarist Sean Shibe is enriched further in 2012 by his graduation with first class honours from RSAMD, a scholarship to further his music studies in Graz, Austria, and his appointment to the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme.  Among various projects supported by BBT is this recording of a sampler CD, featuring works by J.S. Bach and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Recording by Iain Coleman

Produced by Sean Shibe

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust


Sean Shibe plays Dowland, Bach and - with Ben Johnson - Britten
Guitarist and 2012 BBT Fellowship winner Sean Shibe inaugurates the Cocktail Bar at Wilton’s Music Hall on 25 March 2015, playing John Dowland’s Forlorn Hope Fancy and JS Bach’s Prelude from BWV 998, before being joined by tenor Ben Johnson in Britten’s The Old Lute (Songs from the Chinese, Op.58).


BBT award and fellowship winners consider the pros and cons of purpose-built concert halls and other venues
How does a symphony orchestra sound in a car park? Or is it best appreciated in specially-built halls? BBT stirs the ongoing debate surrounding the idea of taking classical music out of the concert hall to imaginative and often unusual venues. Does this help cultivate new audiences? Younger audiences? Or does it compromise the music? Is taking down the barriers opening a pathway to more people enjoying classical music? Is the ultimate aim to get them into a concert hall?

These questions are addressed by a representative sample of Borletti-Buitoni Trust award and fellowship winners as they take their careers not only into new repertoire but new venues. See what ATOS Trio, Erik Bosgraaf, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Bram van Sambeek, Sean Shibe, Mark Simpson, Kate Whitley and others have to say.


Sean Shibe and Ben Johnson at Wilton’s - opening the Cocktail Bar
Prior to inaugurating Wilton’s Music Hall’s upstairs Cocktail Bar in an evening of intimate music making, BBT 2012 Fellowship winner Sean Shibe and his special guest, tenor Ben Johnson, talk about the uniquness of the venue, Benjamin Britten, Bach, guitars and lutes....

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