'Matthew Sharp, virtuoso of the arts' The Times
'An extraordinary cellist - charismatic, virtuosic, brimming with verve and poetry' The Times
'Free-wheeling exuberance and blistering virtuosity' BBC Record Review
'Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor - Matthew Sharp's astonishingly comprehensive versatility' The Daily Telegraph
'The Renaissance Man' Classical Music Magazine
Matthew brings his unique breadth and depth of performing and artistic experience to his cello teaching to offer students an inspiring and potent balance of provenance and adventure in their pursuit of a career in music in the twenty-first century.
Matthew Sharp studied cello with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne, voice with Ulla Blom in Stockholm and English at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was taken to Jacqueline du Pré when he was 12, Galina Vishnewskaya when he was 18 and studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet. He has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director.
Matthew has appeared as solo performer with the RPO, LPO, RLPO, CBSO, Orchestra of Opera North, SCO, EUCO, ESO, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra X, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, and Ural Philharmonic.
In opera, he has performed principal roles for Opera North, ROH, Almeida Opera, Mahogany Opera Group, amongst many others.
In theatre, he has performed principal roles at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio, collaborated with Kneehigh, Complicité and, most recently, with legendary illustrator and film-maker, Dave McKean, on Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash, a major 14-18NOW commission.
His own music and theatre works have toured to major festivals in Europe, India, China and the US, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Wilderness, Mumbai LiveLit, Philadelphia Live Arts and NCPA, Beijing. In addition, he has given over sixty world premieres by composers from all walks of music - including the title role in Sir John Tavener's The Fool and Errollyn Wallen's Cello Concerto - at festivals from Sydney to Toronto, Sao Paulo to Delhi.
He has recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC and Avie and appeared in recital as cellist and singer at Wigmore Hall, SBC and Salle Gaveau.
As writer, composer, performer and director, he collaborates regularly with leading artists from film, theatre and dance and from across musical genres. He has devised and curated sell-out seasons for Opera North at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to celebrate exhibitions by Miro, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola and Not Vital, amongst many others. He is the agent of world-leading research in the performing arts and interdisciplinary practice, his pioneering multi-disciplinary performance work the focus of research in books and international publications by Dr Dominic Symonds and Dr Paul Alan Barker.
As chamber musician, he has performed with the Amphion, Heath, Sacconi, Vertavo and Villiers quartets, Ensemble Epomeo and the Galliard Ensemble, with members of Brooklyn Rider, Grammy-nominated A Far Cry and Ensemble 360 and with, amongst others, Nicola Benedetti, David Le Page, Nicholas Daniel, Martin Fröst, Craig Ogden, Ksenija Sidorova, Katya Apekisheva, Leslie Howard, Stephen Kovacevich, Viv Mclean and Johan Ullen.
As 'bridge builder' and 'visionary' he has worked with an extraordinary spectrum of major artists, including: Sir John Tavener, Errollyn Wallen, Richard Dubugnon, Django Bates, Brian Irvine, Richard Causton, Stephen Deazley, John Harle, Paul Englishby, Julian Phillips, Adam Cork, Neil Innes; Marta Eggert, Trilok Gurtu, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sabreen, Iain Ballamy, Crispian Mills, Hanitra Rasanaivo, Gruff Rhys, Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett, Sameer Rao, Tarun Bhattacharya, Kit Downes, Matthew Bourne, Alice Zawadzki; Caryl Churchill, Martin Riley, Rupert Sheldrake, Carol Ann Duffy, Sir Andrew Motion, Zinovy Zinik, Patrick Barlow, Matt Harvey; Kneehigh, Complicite, Simon McBurney, Annabel Arden, Tim Supple, Phyllida Lloyd, Stopgap Dance; David McKean, Bunny Christie, Jean Kalman.
Recent highlights include a UK tour and the US premiere of the pioneering new concerto work Death's Cabaret - A Love Story by Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley (being turned into a film in 2016), solo cello recordings for DECCA (Voces8's chart-topping albums Eventide, Lux and, with Tenebrae, Ola Gjeilo), his new concerto collaboration - Incantatio - with Stopgap Dance, the London Contemporary Orchestra and composer Richard Dubugnon and Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales with the BBC Singers and Richard Harrington, broadcast on BBC R3 (which he conceived and directed).
Matthew has been a guest lecturer at GSMD, RWCMD, RCSSD, Trinity Laban, Juilliard, Dartington College and Leeds, Portsmouth and Sheffield Universities.
Matthew is thrilled to play on a copy of the ex-Pergamenschikow Montagnana by Robin Aitchison.