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Robin Sharp

Senior Lecturer
Area(s) of Expertise

Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp is on the music faculty at Stanford University as Full-time Senior Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music and maintains a private teaching studio. She performs as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is frequently featured as soloist. Her chamber music engagements include ongoing collaborations with the Saint Michael Trio and Classical at the Freight. Ms. Sharp played in the San Francisco Symphony violin sections for several seasons and is currently an active substitute violinist with them.

Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz's Del Gesu violin. 

In 2010, a violin concerto called “Haili Lirico” was written for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank, in remembrance of her father, Terry Sharp. In January 1998 Ms. Sharp represented Carnegie Hall in their Rising Stars Series, when she and her then duo partner Jeremy Denk played a recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall following a European tour. The duo also performed on Carnegie Hall's main stage under the guidance of Isaac Stern.

Ms. Sharp participated in music festivals worldwide, including California Summer Music, the Musikalischer Sommer Festival in Germany, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sandor Vegh masterclasses at Prussia Cove, and the Isaac Stern Seminar in New York. She formerly served as first violinist of the Ives String Quartet, which toured nationally, and was based in California.

Ms. Sharp has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in both the Preparatory and Collegiate divisions, at Santa Clara University, and at Sacramento State University of California.

Ms. Sharp was a Laureate prize winner of the 1994 Indianapolis Violin Competition and was featured in a documentary about the competition.