Dr. David Sharpe
Registered Subjects: Piano (RMT)
Other areas of musical instruction: Chamber Music, Accompanist / Collaborative Pianist, History of Music, Pedagogy, Rudiments, Advanced Theory
Born in Summerside, PEI, Sharpe obtained bachelor degrees in music and education from Mt. Allison University, where he was Valedictorian, studying piano with Edmund Dawe. While at Mt. Allison, Sharpe won the 1995 Atlantic Young Artist Competition. He attained master and doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Arizona State University, under the guidance of Janice Meyer Thompson, and also completed a law degree. While at ASU, Sharpe was a three-time state collegiate winner in Arizona of the MTNA performance competition in piano and won awards for performance of contemporary music. He premiered new works, performed chamber music, and took part in festivals at Adamant, Vermont; Las Vegas, Nevada; Interlochen, Michigan; and Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband in Münster, Germany.
Having attained the piano performer’s ARCT, Dr. Sharpe became an examiner for RCM Examinations, examining across Canada and the USA. Dr. Sharpe has been a reviewer for the Frederick Harris Music Company and presented workshops on their publications in several states in the USA.
Dr. Sharpe has presented at national and international music conferences including the European Piano Teachers’ Association in Novi Sad, Serbia, the CFMTA-MTNA-RCM Collaborative Conference in Toronto, and the national conference of the MTNA in Kansas City, USA. He has presented at state conferences in Arizona and New Mexico and given presentations to piano teachers on a variety of topics, including building music memory.
Sharpe’s piano students have won top honours in music competitions and examinations. Dr. Sharpe has recently returned to PEI, and lives in Stratford.