Courtney Sharp joins a new breed of cellists aiming to usher in the next era of cello performance while preserving the classical music of the past. Using her strong foundation of classical instruction, Ms. Sharp continuously explores broad musical styles, pushes the boundaries of cello performance, and seeks out musical collaborators from all genres. Ms. Sharp’s strongest passions include chamber music, orchestral performance, solo playing, and teaching. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Sharp left her mark on the classical music scenes in Charleston, SC, Baltimore, MD, Cleveland, OH, and Milwaukee, WI. Ms. Sharp performed as principal cellist of the Occasional Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Leon Fleisher. She has been a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, and Cleveland Institute Orchestra. She has served as a substitute member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony and Mansfield Orchestra.
With her two Baltimore-based chamber music groups, she brought music into the community with many outreach concerts for young and elderly people alike. Previous to that Ms. Sharp explored the breadth of her musical craft in chamber music and improvisation as a regular contributor to Unedited: A Concert Series with Laura Ball, the Island Side Concert Series, and Classical Charleston. Ms. Sharp holds a Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, an Artist’s Diploma from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelors of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve University. She was also a National Finalist in the MTNA competition in 2011. Ms. Sharp’s instructors have included world-renowned cellists Alan Stepansky, Natalia Khoma, Hans Jensen, and Richard Aaron.