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Rena Sharon

Pianist Rena Sharon began her life in chamber music at the age of eight. Her early studies were at McGill University, and continued at the Eastman School and Indiana University. While still a student, she began concertizing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and in 1987 was awarded the “Best Pianist” diploma at the International Voice Competition of Rio de Janeiro, an unprecedented honor at that competition. Joseph Gingold has called her “one of the finest musicians of her generation.”

One of the foremost chamber musicians in Canada, her performance spectrum also comprises solo concerto and recital. The roster of distinguished artists with whom Ms. Sharon has performed includes Steven Isserlis, Scott St. John, Gary Hoffman, Pamela Frank, Nathaniel Rosen, Sharon Kam, Douglas Boyd, Ben Heppner, Kevin MacMillan, Richard Margison, Marina Piccinini, Shauna Rolston, Martin Beaver, James Ehnes, Susan Platts, Wendy Nielson, Benjamin Butterfield, and Amanda Forsythe. Her performances have included concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Ford Center in Toronto, and elsewhere throughout North America and Europe. A participant at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, she was also a member of Millenium, the Toronto-based Canadian chamber society. Ms. Sharon is heard frequently on the CBC network, and has recorded on the Marquis, Finlandia, Summit, Sono, and CBC SM-500 labels.

In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Sharon also lectures about the Art of Song, one of her musical passions. As Artistic Director of the Song Circle, an innovative performance company, she has directed and co-written several shows including the “CBC Song Salon,” “Hearts and Flowers,” “Songs of the Earth,” and “A Day of Song.” Ms. Sharon is the Professor of Collaborative Piano Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is also Artistic Director of the Whistler Young Artist Experience, a chamber music camp for gifted teens. Ms. Sharon was awarded the prestigious “Dean of Arts Award,” given to one member of the Faculty of Arts for teaching, research, and community outreach activities.

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