Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Israeli native Sharona Joshua attended the Haifa Conservatory from a prodigiously young age, winning the piano competition there four years in succession and receiving her final diploma at age fourteen. At the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, she studied with the late Professor Alexander Volkov, graduating in 1995 with a B.Mus. degree in performance. On a year’s scholarship at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama , Ms. Joshua studied fortepiano with the late Christopher Kite. She also studied with fortepiano specialist Sally Sargent in Vienna, and took part in Masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Centre with fortepianists Zvi Meniker and Malcolm Bilson, returning to England in 1996 to study with David Roblou and Richard Egarr.
Based in London since 1996, Sharona is a versatile performer, at home equally with such diverse instruments as Renaissance piano, clavicembalum, dulcemelos, virginals, chamber organ, harpsichord and both Classical and Romantic period fortepianos. Besides many radio and concert appearances, she has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician. Performances in Israel have included a television appearance as soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Bach's concerto in F for harpsichord, two recorders and strings.
Sharona Joshua has made several solo guest appearances on the BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" program with Sean Rafferty and has also appeared on "Music Restored".
Her solo discs include a survey of 16th- and early 17th-Century Italian harpsichord music, played on her 1531 Trasuntino harpsichord; and a disc of solo keyboard music by C.P.E. Bach, released in January 2007 on the Rubato Records label.
Sharona founded Concerto Cristofori in 2001 as a flexible ensemble of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to period performance ranging from the Baroque to the Romantic era. The group has been recorded several times by BBC Radio; has conducted an annual concert series; and tours regularly, performing at festivals and music clubs.
This is her second Historical Piano Concerts appearance.
more information, please refer to Sharona’s website at www.sharonajoshua.com