Latino Nights, Sean Shibe
Reviewed by: Kathleen Rutherford
For music lovers seeking out some serious talent at this years festival, Sean Shibe is not an act to be missed. Having taken up a place at the RSAMD to study classical guitar at just 15 years old, this young musician – now 19 – was this years winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. His performance at the Royal Over-seas League featured an excitingly varied programme of music by South American composers which few could be disappointed by.
Sean’s performance was enchanting from the offset. Opening with the very lyrical Lobos, his passion and intensity immediately captured the audience and set the scene for a very special evening. The Piazzolla which followed was a personal highlight. The warmth and spirit with which he executed even the most technically difficult sections brought a real taste of Buenos Aires to a very rainy Edinburgh and was genuinely inspiring. During the final piece, a furious and virtuous sonata by Ginastera, Sean showed how diverse the guitar can be. He moved from haunting harmonics to dangerously angry chords – and all with a real flair and astounding technical ability.
The venue, though intimate, was my only let down, with creaky floor boards and a buzzing fan distracting from what was otherwise a true festival gem.
Sean Shibe plays in the Royal Over-Seas League event ‘Bach at Breakfast’ on Friday August 19.