- Categories Piano
- Highest Degree Level Professional
- Total Years of Experience >15
- Location The Netherlands
- Language English
Sharon Niessen ( Eindhoven, 1986) started playing the piano at a very early age and her talent was soon recognised. When she was only fourteen and still at secondary school she was admitted to the Young Talent Class of the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. After graduating from secondary school she continued her studies at the Fontys Conservatory where she studied with Ton Demmers and Joop Celis. Last June she graduated from the Master of Music cum laude.
Sharon has been awarded several prizes, among which 1st prize in the prestigious Princess Christina Competition, 1st prize in the Petrof Piano Competition. She also was a finalist of the SJMN Competition (Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland) and reached the half finals of the YPF Piano Competition. She has worked with conductors such as Kian Pin Hiu, Jules van Hessen, Jurjen Hempel and has played with the Helicon Orchestra, the Philips Symphony Orchestra and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Sharon has given many recitals throughout Europe. She performed in a concert in the world-famous Carnegie Hall New York together with other finalists of the Princess Christina Competition. In 2005 she also performed in the Frits Philips Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven in a special concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Frits Philips. Another highlight was a tour of the Netherlands with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra when Sharon played Franz Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto. During her final Master exam she played the 2nd Piano Concerto of Camille Saint-Saëns with a chamber orchestra u.d.o. Sander Teepen.
Furthermore, she performed for radio and television, such as Dutch Radio 4 and RTL 5.
Apart from giving concerts as a solo pianist Sharon plays in different chamber music ensembles.