Cellist, Singer, Educator
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Matthew Sharp studied cello at Köln Musikhochschule and Cambridge University. Described by Julian Lloyd Webber as ‘Mr Innovation’ and ‘Virtuoso of the arts’ (The Times), Matthew Sharp, has performed worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director.
From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne, Sydney Opera House to Ronnie Scott’s, he has worked with an extraordinary spectrum of leading artists from Sir John Tavener to Marta Eggert to Dave McKean to Caryl Churchill. His own music and theatre works have toured to major festivals globally.
Solo appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; singing principal roles for the Royal Opera House and Opera North; acting principal roles at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio; directing for the BBC and Opera North.
He has given over sixty world premieres and recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC, Avie and Whirlwind.
‘Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor – Matthew Sharp’s astonishingly comprehensive versatility’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘An extraordinary cellist – virtuosic, charismatic, brimming with verve and poetry’ – The Times
‘A triumphant Wigmore recital’ – The Strad
‘Matthew Sharp’s galvanic performance’ – Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Matthew Sharp’s singing raised the evening to a pitch of spiritual feverishness rarely encountered in either theatre or concert hall’ – The Independent on Sunday
‘Matthew Sharp’s performance in the central role displays consummate theatrical invention…a commanding vocal and stage presence’ – The Guardian
‘The show is stolen by Matthew Sharp’s wide-eyed Papageno…he displays a rare combination of vocal and comic talents’ – The Observer
‘So full-bloodied, so dramatic, so supple is Matthew Sharp’s playing that it captures the attention right through to the end of this major cello concerto. He attacks the hugely expressive solo line with just the kind of assertive, gushing energy that it needs to bring it truly to life’ – The Strad
‘Matthew Sharp’s performance was moving in the extreme’ – The Independent ‘The Renaissance Man’ – Classical Music Magazine