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Romantic Feast

Saturday 22 September 2007

Sharona Joshua (Fortepiano)


1853 original Pleyel piano

Israeli-born Sharona Joshua studied the piano with Professor Alexander Volkov and was awarded numerous scholarships during her studies at the Rubin Academy leading to a BMus degree in performance in 1995. In 1993-4 she studied fortepiano in London with the late Christopher Kite after being awarded a further scholarship to spend a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She took part in masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Centre with fortepianists Zvi Meniker and Malcolm Bilson and returned to England in 1996 to study early keyboards with David Roblou and Richard Egarr. She also took tuition with fortepiano specialist Sally Sargent in Vienna.

Sharona is now based permanently in London where she appears regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player on concert platform and radio and gives several performances each season at the South Bank Centre and the Wigmore Hall. She has performed as soloist at major festivals all over the UK as well as abroad. Sharona has also given numerous masterclasses in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

She is the featured soloist on a LINN CD of Italian popular music of the early Renaissance and has also taken part in a Decca recording of medieval songs. Sharona has recorded her first solo CD which will shortly be released, a survey of 16th and early 17th-century Italian harpsichord music played on her 1531 Trasuntino harpsichord. Currently in production is a further recording of solo fortepiano music by CPE Bach.


Chopin - Etude in C minor

Mendelssohn – Rondo Capriccioso

Chopin – Nocturne in C sharp minor

Field – Nocturne no.5 in B flat

Chopin – Etude in G flat

Schumann - Fantasie in C op.17


Chopin – Scherzo in B flat minor

Chopin – Etude in E

Mendelssohn – Lieder in A (from Songs Without Words)

Field – Nocturne no.14 in C

Chopin – Nocturne in E flat

Chopin was renowned for his love of Pleyel pianos, which were considered the Rolls Royce of his era; superior in tone qualities and lightness of touch. Joshua is one of the few artists in the world today who specialises in traditional performance practice of Romantic repertoire on original instruments. Her profound knowledge of recordings of the late 19th Century, coupled with the use of her own original 1853 Pleyel instrument promises an unforgettable and deeply affecting musical deliverance of these masterworks.

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