Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
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Israeli-born Sharona Joshua studied piano with the late Professor Alexander Volkov in Israel, fortepiano with the late Christopher Kite at the Guildhal School of Music and Drama in London, harpsichord with Richard Egarr and David Roblou in London, and historical piano with specialist Sally Sargent in Vienna.
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 abroad - Belgium, Poland, Spain, Germany, and in the USA. Sharona occasionally directs from the keyboard playing with various orchestras.
Sharona teaches fortepiano at the Conservatoire and has given numerous masterclasses in the UK and in the USA. She 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 has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad, and made its recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2005.
“The balance between the emotions and the intellect were set with unfailing good taste throughout this recital” The Independent
“Joshua’s fortepiano playing electrified the audience at the Purcell Room. Her recital was distinguished not just by insightful, intelligent musicianship, but also by the refinement and shading of the tone colours she extracted from her instrument.” Harpsichord and Fortepiano
“Sharona’s playing demonstrated that in the hands of an excellent musician the fortepiano’s qualities can enhance the work of the greatest composers. The music was 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
“Heard on this pure-sounding instrument and from such excellent hands, it is difficult to prefer the merely pianistic versions offered today.” Hoy! (Spain)
- 2010: Reconstruction of Clara Schumann concerts, Accompanist/Soloist (Rubato Records, forthcoming)
- 2007: CPE Bach Selected Fortepiano Works: Sonatas, Rondo & Fantasy (Rubato Records 5060138720008)
- 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)