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Biography

A MUSICAL LIFE

Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher.
Ms. Sharp performs as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with
conductor Benjamin Simon, and is on the music faculty at Stanford University as Full-
time Lecturer in Violin. A frequent guest artist, she will appear as soloist this season with
the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra on tour in
Spain and Portugal. Her chamber music engagements this season include ongoing
collaborations with the St. Michael Trio, Prospect Park Concerts in Pasadena, and the
Haydn Project, a quartet that is exploring all of the Haydn string quartets.
Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in
New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National
Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she
performed on Jascha Heifetz's Guarneri Del Gesu violin.
In 2010, a violin concerto called “Haili Lirico” was written for Ms. Sharp by composer
Gabriela Lena Frank, in remembrance of her father, Terry Sharp. Another career
highlight was in January 1998 when Ms. Sharp represented Carnegie Hall in their Rising
Stars Series, when she and her then duo partner Jeremy Denk played a recital at
Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall following a European tour. The duo also performed on
Carnegie Hall's main stage under the guidance of Isaac Stern. Additionally, Ms. Sharp
was a Laureate prize winner of the 1994 Indianapolis Violin Competition and was
featured in a documentary about the competition.
She has participated in music festivals worldwide, including California Summer Music,
the Musikalischer Sommer Festival in Germany, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen
Music Festival, the Sandor Vegh masterclasses at Prussia Cove, and the Isaac Stern
Seminar in New York. Ms. Sharp has formerly served as first violinist of the Ives String
Quartet, which toured nationally, and was based in California.
Ms. Sharp played in the San Francisco Symphony violin sections for several seasons, and
is currently an active substitute violinist with them. She formerly served as
concertmaster for the Berkeley Symphony with conductor Kent Nagano for six seasons,
and was a guest concertmaster for both a festival concert in Germany under the baton of
conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, and also as guest concertmaster with the Seattle
Symphony with conductor Gerard Schwartz. Among her favorite collaborators in
performance have been such artists as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Jon Nakamatsu, and Lori Lack
with whom she recorded the CD “Selected Shorts”.
Currently teaching at Stanford University and maintaining a private violin studio, Ms.
Sharp has formerly taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in both the
Preparatory and Collegiate divisions, at Santa Clara University, and at Sacramento State
University of California. For over a decade, Ms. Sharp was on the faculty of California
Summer Music Festival.