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Sharpe is regarded as one of the country's most promising concert
pianists. After a successful debut in New York City's Weill
Hall, he has been praised by critics and has enchanted audiences
with his "precise touch" and "strong individual
Sharpe's piano studies began at the age of twelve at the Newark
School of the Arts. He continued his education at the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music with renowned pianist and teacher, Frances
Walker. According to Walker, "Sharpe is a fine sensitive
musician and one of the best pianists I have ever worked with."
After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin, Sharpe
went on to Study at Indiana University where he received his
Masters Degree and Doctorate of Music under the tutelage of
Menahem Pressler, distinguished pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio.
Pressler describes Sharpe as "an excellent pianist rather
extensive repertoire ... his playing has true brilliance."
Among the many awards Sharpe has received are the Oberlin Conservatory
Rudolph Serkin prize, The National Association of Negro Musicians
Competition and the National Young Artists Piano competition.
In 1991, Sharpe was the top prize winner in the Johann Sebastian
Bach International Piano Competition in Washington DC.
Since that time, Sharpe has maintained a busy performing schedule
in Washington, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Florida and Atlanta.
His performances of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" won
him acceptance from New York's critical elite when Bernard Holland
of the New York Times declared, "Mr. Sharpe's rock-steady
progress through this complex music reflected both understanding
and command." His Performance of the great Bach work at
Washington's Organization of American States was broadcast live
throughout the Latin Americas. His performance at the Kennedy
Center's Terrace theatre was described as "a thoughtful
performer with an attractive ear for nuance and detail."
Currently, Dr. Sharpe holds the position of Associate professor
of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Florida where
he is active as a soloist and chamber musician. A guest Soloist,
he performs frequently with orchestras throughout Florida, Washington
and Indiana. International appearances have included appearances
in Mexico, Iceland, Finland Argentina, Hong Kong, and the Czech
Republic where he was an American representative for the American