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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"

Sean Shibe was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2012 and 2015.  For an up to date biography please visit Rayfield Allied.

Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of English and Japanese heritage, Sean Shibe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. In 2012 he became the first guitarist 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 as a Young Classical Artists Trust artist from 2015-2017.

Over the last year Sean has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Heidelberger-Fruhling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bath International, Cambridge Summer and Aldeburgh Festivals.   He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA (on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida), recorded solo works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for Linn Records as part of a Scottish Chamber Orchestra disc, and was the featured cover disc for BBC Music Magazine.

Future engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the East Neuk Festival, 3 Palaces Festival in Malta and Saffron Hall. He also records a CD of English Music for Delphian.

As a concerto soloist Sean has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.   

Drawn to chamber music and song Sean has collaborated with the BBC Singers, Danish String Quartet, cellist Isang Enders, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and singers Ben Johnson, Robert Murray and Robert Tritschler.

His awards include the Royal Overseas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009), a Dewar Arts and D’Addarrio endorsement. He is grateful for support from the Hattori Trust.

Last updated October 2016

Photographs by Kaupo Kikkas

  • 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).


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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