ABOUT

Sharona Joshua

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.

Sharona takes us closer to the sound heard at the end of the eighteenth century.

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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’s playing demonstrated that in the hands of an excellent musician the fortepiano’s qualities can enhance the work of the greatest composers. Beethoven’s God Save the Queen Variations and Moonlight Sonata were 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

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 in Belgium, Poland, Spain, Germany, and 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 performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad, and made its recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2005.

Major Recordings

2010: Reconstruction of Clara Schumann concerts, Accompanist/Soloist (Rubato Records, forthcoming)

2007: A recording of solo fortepiano music by CPE Bach, You can purchase the CD here.

2003: Renaissance Harpsichord Harpsichord Renaissance (Rubato Records)

1999: Featured in Songs of Angels with New London Consort (Decca) and with Musicians of the Globe (LINN)

1998: Featured in Bones of All Men (Ryco)