For ASQ cellist Sharon Draper, working with the Quartet breaks down the barrier of the concert hall and brings communities into intimate contact with great music.
Born in Melbourne, Sharon studied at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Berlin, Philip Green, and Howard Penny. From 2008-2012 Sharon held a position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and was a regular participant in their Chamber Players series. In 2009 she formed the Hopkins String Quartet and was, in the same year, accepted into the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists program. She has since toured extensively with the ACO.
In 2011 Sharon was a recipient of the MSO Friends’ Travel Scholarship and spent a year in Berlin studying with Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Nicolas Alsteadt. Since then she has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra, as well as being a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
In 2015 Sharon performed as a guest with the Australia Ensemble and Australian World Orchestra, as well as forming a duo with guitarist Slava Grigoryan. She is the current Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond music festival.
Sharon also has a passion for teaching. Apart from teaching the cello privately, she has tutored ensembles such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, AYO’s National Music Camp orchestras, and been a guest chamber music tutor at ANAM.
Sharon’s dream for the Australian String Quartet is, “to be a truly national group that not only creates great music, but gets to know on a personal level all the communities that we visit. In getting to know our audience, we hope they get to know us too – not only as four performers, but four people with a shared passion for music, friendship, and life.”