'Matthew Sharp, virtuoso of the arts.' The Times, September 2012
'Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor - Matthew Sharp's astonishingly comprehensive versatility.' The Daily Telegraph
Matthew Sharp studied cello with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne, voice with Ulla Blom in Stockholm and English at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide as solo cellist, baritone and actor.
Matthew has appeared as solo performer with the RPO, LPO, RLPO, CBSO, EUCO, Manchester Camerata and Ural Philharmonic, performed principal roles for Opera North (Papageno, Pied Piper), ROH2 (Exposure, Pleasure's Progress), Almeida Opera (The Silent Twins) and the Young Vic (Wolf and Hero) and National Theatre Studio, given solo performances at the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, recorded for Sony, EMI, Naxos and Avie, given over fifty world premieres and appeared in recital as cellist and singer at Wigmore Hall, SBC and Salle Gaveau. As writer, composer and performer, he collaborates regularly with leading artists from film, theatre and dance. His music theatre works have toured to major festivals in Europe, India and the US. Matthew is the artistic director of the pioneering UK festival, the Deal Festival of Music and the Arts.
Recent highlights include the London premiere of Whale Music by Matthew and bansuri flautist, Sameer Rao with words by Sir Andrew Motion at the South Bank's Alchemy Festival, a UK tour of the pioneering new concerto work Death's Cabaret - A Love Story by Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley, the premiere of the one-man opera Faustus in Omnibus (also by Stephen and Martin) at Sound Festival, The Devil's Jukebox for Opera North and the creation of an event for the opening of the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Upcoming highlights include appearances with the CBSO and Orchestra of Opera North, performances at festivals in Sweden, France, Greece, India and across the UK, the title role in Jack Frost at St John's Smith Square and his third programme at the Deal Festival.