Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Sean Shibe
BBT Fellowship 2012

Sean Shibe - Biography

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

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!

Photographs by Kaupo Kikkas