John Sharpley


Composer, performer, teacher, lecturer, writer

JOHN SHARPLEY, composer, performer and teacher, possesses a unique and multi-faceted career that spans geographic and cultural borders. Born in Houston, Texas, USA, he earned a Doctorate in Composition from Boston University; a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston; and  diplomas for piano, violin, and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg, France. His composition teachers include Michael Horvit, David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Betsy Jolas and Leonard Bernstein.

“...Sharpley’s musical ideas communicate with directness of utterance and clarity of procedure, developing with transparency of logic, yet paradoxically still sounding like it probes the mysteriously sublime.”

- The Arts Magazine (Singapore)

“Sharpley’s [music] is an undulating flow of notes that suggest the elusive beauty of spare, pristine phenomena.”

- The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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