Professor John Sharpley
Music and Development Director
Dr John Sharpley is composer, performer and teacher with a unique and multi-faceted career spanning geographic and cultural borders. Born in Houston, Texas, USA, he has a Doctorate in Composition from Boston University; a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Houston; in addition to 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.
Subsequently he was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Boston University co-directing a music programme in Singapore. He has been featured in concerts, universities, conferences and festivals across the globe recently including the Performer’s Present Symposium, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), solo recital of original works (Kathmandu, Nepal), Illinois Wesleyan University, the New Composition Festival (Bangkok), the Texas Music Teachers’ Association Convention, the Asian Composers League Festivals (New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines), Singapore Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Symposium (Melbourne), Across Oceans International Festival (Toronto), and the Hong Kong Asian Arts Festival, San Francisco State University, Concordia (Montreal), University of Houston and the Present of Orchestra Festival (Kyoto, Japan) in addition to adjudicating music competitions.
Formerly composer-in-residence for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, he is also founder of Our Music Foundation Nepal based in Kathmandu and currently lectures at LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore).