Sharon Isbin, head of Julliard's guitar department and recipient of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award in 2005, is recognized as the most influential American guitarist alive. She also is the recipient of multiple Grammy awards and the winner of Guitar Player magazine's Best Classical Guitarist award, the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with more than 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world's finest halls.
Opera superstar and Grammy Award winner mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard's expressive intensity, impeccable technique and charisma have been praised by critics around the world. Leonard has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera and has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time including James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and James Conlon.