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)
- 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