What's On Your iPod? Grammy Winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin is a multiple GRAMMY Award winner and has been called "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." It would take all day to list the awards and honors she's won and her now legendary live performances are nothing short of magical. Currently she has a new album entitled "Sharon Isbin and Friends: Guitar Passions" which features duets with a vast array of superstars from across the musical universe. BWW Classical chatted with her about what she's currently listening to and the list was as wonderfully eclectic as Sharon's repertory.

What's On Your iPod? Grammy Winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin

"My December 14, 2013 solo show at New York's 92nd St Y falls on the 100th birthday of my mentor Rosalyn Tureck, and in her honor I'll perform one of the Bach lute suites we transcribed. To inspire me, I'm listening to her brilliant "Bach Goldberg Variations" (VAI), and her ethereal "Well-Tempered Clavier" (DG).

When in the mood for Spain, it's Alicia de Larrocha's magical Granados and Albeniz. And Chopin? Arthur Rubinstein's "Nocturnes"!

Looking ahead to a 20-concert Guitar Passions tour that kicks off in January, I'm listening to the guitarists who will join me and who were guests on "Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions" (Sony): Brazilian Romero Lubambo and jazz legend Stanley Jordan. Romero can out bossa-nova anyone, and his improvisatory skills are irresistible. Stanley wows with his innovative tapping technique, as if he's grown another hand (I still can't figure out how he does it!), as evident in his recent "Friends" album.

Nancy Wilson from Heart recorded her sensuous "Dreamboat Annie" with me on "Guitar Passions", so no surprise that I relax hearing Heart's CD by that title, as well as their "Stairway to Heaven" from the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. A knockout!

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Peter Danish Peter Danish is a Media Marketing Consultant and Classical Arts Presenter. He is a founding member of ArtsRock, where he presented concerts with such world renowned artists as Grammy winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin, Grammy winning Violinist Marc O'Connor, The Eroica Trio, The American Brass Quintet, The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Alec Baldwin, Louis Black and Robert Klein. At The Riverspace Performing Arts Center, he presented such artists as Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Bill T. Jones, Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols, Ani Di Franco, Eve Ensler, Pete Seeger, Ellen Burstyn, Edward Albee and Kathleen Turner. He has programmed concerts and educational programs for a multitude of local arts organizations including the American National Opera and the Westchester Hudson Opera, and has lectured on opera and classical music in schools and libraries as part of their outreach programs. For over two decades he has served as Director of Marketing for NBC, Vice President of Marketing for Telemundo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Azteca TV Network, and Marketing Consultant to PBS. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Wagner Society of N.Y. and Board of Trustees of the award-winning classical concert series, The Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.