About Sharona

Sharona Joshua, fortepiano, historic piano, harpsichord

Israeli-born Sharona Joshua studied the piano with the late Professor Alexander Volkov and was awarded numerous scholarships during her studies at the Rubin Academy leading to a BMus degree in performance in 1995.

In 1993-4 she studied fortepiano in London with the late Christopher Kite after being awarded a further scholarship to spend a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She took part in masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Centre with fortepianists Zvi Meniker and Malcolm Bilson and returned to England in 1996 to study early keyboards with David Roblou and Richard Egarr. She also took tuition with fortepiano specialist Sally Sargent in Vienna.

Sharona now appears regularly as soloist, chamber musician and continuo player on concert platform and radio. She has performed as soloist at major festivals all over the UK as well as abroad – Belgium, Poland, Spain, Germany, and in the USA. Sharona occasionally directs from the keyboard playing with various orchestras.

Sharona teaches fortepiano at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has given numerous masterclasses in the UK and in the USA. Sharona has worked regularly with such groups as the New London Consort and the Musicians of the Globe. In 2001, she created her own ensemble, Concerto Cristofori, specialising in period performance. The group has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad, and made its recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2005.

The balance between the emotions and the intellect were set with unfailing good taste throughout this recital The Independent

Joshua’s fortepiano playing electrified the audience at the Purcell Room. Her recital was distinguished not just by insightful, intelligent musicianship, but also by the refinement and shading of the tone colours she extracted from her instrument. Harpsichord and Fortepiano

Sharona’s playing demonstrated that in the hands of an excellent musician the fortepiano’s qualities can enhance the work of the greatest composers. The music was played so admirably and with such clarity and intensity as to cause even the most jaundiced concert-goer to listen with fresh ears. Musical Opinion

Heard on this pure-sounding instrument and from such excellent hands, it is difficult to prefer the merely pianistic versions offered today. Hoy! (Spain)

Major Recordings

  • 2010: Reconstruction of Clara Schumann concerts, Accompanist/Soloist (Rubato Records, forthcoming)
  • 2007: A recording of solo fortepiano music by CPE Bach, which you can listen toon this page. If you enjoyed the music you canpurchase a copy of the CD here
  • 2003: Renaissance Harpsichord Harpsichord Renaissance (Rubato Records)
  • 1999: Featured inSongs of Angels with New London Consort (Decca) and with Musicians of the Globe (LINN)
  • 1998: Featured inBones of All Men (Ryco)

You can contact Sharona at this email address. Alternatively you can phone her on 020 3286 0571

8 comments
Saul Joshua
Saul Joshua

Dear Sharona; It has been some months since we have exchanged e-mails. Please accept my apology. I can see that you have been busy with recitals, etc. Hope you are well. I'm looking forward to buying 10 copies of your soon-to-be-released CD. For the time being, please let me know what your recital schedule looks like for the United States in 2011. Your most devoted fan; SJ

Elisabetta Lanzoni
Elisabetta Lanzoni

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robt
robt

dear sharona so very sorry i disturbed you that saturday. i should have known better. very sorry too you could not make it on friday. linda was marvellous; real world class singing. i cannot access you on your e-mail address. what has gone wrong? please let me have a working address. all good wishes robert j. ps glad to see you are busy again. would love to hear the concert with guthrie. would you like me to mention you at the royal society of medicine? they have concerts by young professionals. thay host concerts given by professionals.

robert j
robert j

dear sharona as i could not use your old e-mail address, could you please send me a brief message with the proper/ new one? just a couple of words so that the contact is still there. was so pleased to hear all is well. as you will discover, i have been really worried that something might have happened to you. best wishes robert j............

Simon Nicholls
Simon Nicholls

Dear Sharona, We have talked briefly on the phone in the past and have a mutual friend in Gail Henessy. Two things - first you may be hearing from Prof Malcolm Wilson of Birmingham Conservatoire. They are looking for someone to teach the fortepiano and I recommended you. Secondly I am looking for someone who would be interested in giving a home for an extended period (indefinite!) to my Broadwood square which is excellently restored, 1830's, 6 8ves FF-f'''' range and a very useful practice instrument. I have given concerts on it. If you can think of someone who might be interested do let me know. Best wishes Simon Nicholls

robert j...
robert j...

dear sharona, have just e-mailed you, only to have the message shot back. are you all right? lunch some time next month? rsvp. all good wishes, robert j...........

Helena Kaplan
Helena Kaplan

Dear Ms.Joshua, We would be very happy to invite you to hear/play a Graf, Walter/sohn and Stein pianos, which Mr.PaulMcNulty will be bringing to London on May 29. The pianos will on display from11am- to 10pm in RAM, Room YG150, where at 2pm V.Sofronitsky will give a short informal concert, playing Wanderer on Graf, CPE on Stein and other small pieces. It is possible to visit before or after the event It would be really great if you would have some time. Looking forward to hearing from you Helena Kaplan

Graham Hackett
Graham Hackett

Re your appearance for the Bury St Edmunds Concert Club on 1st October. Could you please let me have a definitive play list as I would like to get the programme off to the printer within a couple of weeks. Looking forward to meeting you. Graham