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Philip Sharp

As a soloist, Philip has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and St John's, Smith Square, at international festivals including the 'Festival Pianistico Bartolomeo Cristifori' in Italy, and has given several live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 2017, he was selected to be a Park Lane Group Artist, leading to several high-profile London recitals. Philip was also the only British pianist selected for the 2020 Orléans Piano Competition.

Inheriting a keen love for new music from his tutor Dr Murray McLachlan, Philip has given several world premieres of works by some of the rising stars of British contemporary music and has performed many seminal piano works of the past 30 years. Highlights include a performance of George Benjamin's 'Shadowlines' at Wigmore Hall with the composer in attendance, and Thomas Ades' 'Traced Overhead' at the final of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition. He has also been the recipient of the Ronald Stevenson Scholarship on the Chetham's International Piano Summer School.

As part of his solo work, Philip enjoys making virtuoso piano transcriptions of well-known classical works. In 2018, his transcription of 'Nessun Dorma' was featured by Classic FM and went on to appear in a French film chronicling the romantic life of Gustav Klimt, '"L'amour à l’œuvre”.

Philip also enjoys a busy career as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician and from 2017-2019 held the John Wilson Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM. In 2018, alongside acclaimed saxophonist, Emma McPhilemy, he was awarded a place on both the Countess of Munster and Concordia Foundation Recital Schemes . He has also worked with musicians including violinist Callum Smart and trombonist Ian Bousfield, former Principal Trombone of both the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. 

In 2016, Philip graduated from both Manchester University and the RNCM with a First Class Honours degree on the prestigious ‘Joint Course’. From 2009–2016, Philip studied with Dr Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s School of music and the RNCM respectively, having previously taken lessons with Anne Scott in Glasgow. Following his undergraduate studies, he achieved a Masters with distinction from the college, studying under Prof. Frank Wibaut. During his time at the RNCM, Philip was generously supported by The Scottish International Education Trust, The Cross Trust, The Caird Trust and Dewar Arts Awards. For the 2016–17 academic year, he was the recipient of the Draper's Company Scholarship.

Philip Sharp

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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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