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An interview with Sharon Isbin: ''The Monet of classical guitar''
by Linda Egenes
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10 August 2012
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Sharon Isbin is considered, quite simply, the leading classical guitarist of our time. Among her many honors, she was named ''Best Classical Guitarist'' by Guitar Player magazine and is the first guitarist in over 40 years to receive two classical GRAMMY Awards (in 2001 and 2010). A former student of Andrés Segovia and a graduate of Yale University, she has performed to sold-out audiences around the world—from Carnegie Hall to London's Barbican to the White House. As head of the guitar department at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, she has developed an original technique for teaching classical guitar. Yet she doesn't limit herself to classical music—she has mastered a musical palette that ranges from bossa nova to jazz to folk, collaborating with other guitarists in new ways.
In a recent interview she explains how she has been able to combine her virtuosity, her technique, and her passion in order to create music that reaches into the heart and touches the soul.
Sharon Isbin has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since she was 17. In the interview she also describes the influence of the technique on her artistic experience and her work. ''Practicing Transcendental Meditation has inspired heights of creativity for me on many levels: as a musician, arranger, educator, writer, and artistic director,'' she says.
''Because TM is so effective at eliminating stress and distraction, it encourages laser-sharp focus and concentration for any task.
''As a musician, TM enhances my mental stamina, memory, concentration, and ability to learn. It puts me in touch with my innermost creative core and enables its expression through music. Most importantly, it facilitates instant access to a state of 'cosmic immersion,' that feeling of being in the flow, or in 'the zone.'
''When I perform onstage, I enter a state of being very similar to the one I enter daily when practicing TM. It's a sense of communion with the energy of the universe, the audience, the composer, and the music—without ego or interference. It's a feeling of unity between me and the listeners, a sense of 'oneness' in which we are all experiencing the beauty of the music together.''
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