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Sharon Isbin has performed on the Grammys and for the Obamas at the White House. She's released more than 25 albums and soloed with nearly 200 orchestras. She's blazed a trail for women in the world of classical guitar and is generally regarded as the instrument's best living practitioner.

Her musical journey began in Aspen, where she first arrived as an Aspen Music Festival and School student in the 1970s, and where she has been running the school's guitar program for 27 years.

The Minnesota native's time as a teen here, studying under Aspen guitar program founder Oscar Ghiglia, began a career-long relationship with the school. The Aspen experience has shaped her musical sensibilities and her adventurous guitar forays across genres and cultures.

"There's really no place like it in the world where you can have such focused concentration on your area of study plus an exposure to amazing musicians from the orchestral world, the vocal world, from chamber music, not to mention the forays into jazz and bluegrass, in a setting that is breathtaking," Isbin told the Aspen Times last summer. "People are lured by the mountains as much as they are by the beautiful music. That's inspiring to everyone who is playing. You look out at that and you say, 'I'm going to play great music.'"  Isbin is set for her Harris Concert Hall appearance on Saturday August 5th.

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