Previously based in London, I have recently moved to Weybridge and currently have some availability for pupils of all age and abilities who are keen to learn piano. I have earned a Masters of Music in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music, London, and have since pursued my career as an active freelance concert pianist, performing all around the world as a soloist and as part of the Amadeus Piano Duo.
In addition to my personal career, I have taught more than a hundred of pupils (from beginners to professionals) for more than 15 years, teaching them at distinguished public schools in London and in Hampshire, and also privately. They have all successfully performed at ABRSM exams, concerts, scholarships and auditions.
I look forward to meeting you soon,
Mr Sharon BARNEA BMus (Hons), PGDip, MMus (Royal College of Music, London)
Music Qualifications / Achievements:
Born in Brussels, Belgium, Sharon Barnea has recently earned his Masters of Music in Advanced Performance, with distinction, at the Royal College of Music, London. He has previously completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the same institution, and the full music programme at the Académie de Musique de Waterloo, Belgium, with Dalia Ouziel and Benjamin Erlich
Since coming to London in 1999, Sharon has been working extensively with Andrew Ball, Irina Zaritskaya and Yonty Solomon, himself a pupil of Dame Myra Hess. He has participated in many prestigious masterclasses and lessons in Belgium, England, Germany, Spain, in the U.S.A. and in Israel, playing for eminent artists such as Galina Egyazarova, John O’Conor, Pavel Gililov, Bernard Roberts, Joseph Banowetz, Oxana Yablonskaja, Emanuel Ax, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Murray Perahia
Sharon has made his concerto debut in the U.S.A. at the age of seventeen, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414 and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto in G minor, op. 22. In England, he has appeared on numerous concert venues including the famous Pump Room in Bath and the Steinway Hall in London. In 2006, Sharon gave a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491, at the Royal College of Music, London, playing F. Busoni’s unusual and rarely performed cadenzas. In 2005, he shared the platform with the St Petersburg String Quartet in a concert broadcasted live on Belgian national radio Musiq’3. In 2004, he won both solo and concerto competitions at the Brevard Music Center, North Carolina, the U.S.A., where he performed Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto in B-flat, op. 19. His other awards include the First Prizes at the Excellentia Competition, Brussels, in 1999 and 2001, and the First Prize at the International Piano Concerto Competition, Tennessee, U.S.A., in 1998 and 1999
In addition to performing as a soloist, Sharon is a dedicated and versatile chamber musician, playing regularly as part of the Amadeus Piano Duo (with pianist Famia Choi Castro), and collaborating with fellow musicians in a wide range of repertoire. Sharon is also an active piano teacher, constantly striving to broaden his horizons in music performance, education, technology and more. Sharon is a Young Steinway Artist
"Mr Barnea is one of the most thoughtful and interesting musicians of his generation. He has a deep understanding and love for the classical repertoire and is a charismatic communicator. All these qualities make of him a truly fascinating and effective teacher." - Marco
"I started playing from age 10 completed all the grades by age 18. With a 15 year break from lessons I realised I needed some tuition again from a new teacher as I wasn't progressing. Sharon has taken me back to first principles, carefully analysing everything about my playing, recommending and teaching various exercises and pieces to improve my technique. It has transformed my playing – within a few months of lessons I am now playing Chopin Etudes which I never thought would be possible! I highly recommend Sharon." - Nick
"Sharon has been the piano teacher for my son and daughter for the past four years and I am extremely happy with their progress. Not only have they confidently moved on up through the grades, but, more importantly, they have developed a real love of the instrument. Sharon is patient, punctual and communicates a real love of music whilst still installing the discipline and habits required for high-level performance." - Nathalie
"I started learning the piano with Mr Barnea in year 2 and gained a distinction in grade 5 last year when I was in year 6. His teaching is demanding but very effective. He does not let me move on without perfecting the pieces I am on, but he is always encouraging and emphasises musicality rather than just getting the notes right. I really enjoy our lessons. I have been to hear him in concert several times and very much admire his piano playing. I feel lucky to have such a good musician as my teacher." - Arthur
"For the last year and a half, Sharon has introduced our son (now almost seven years old) to the piano, and all of us (our son included) have greatly enjoyed the process. The results have been impressive, and our son received extremely encouraging feedback after his prep test. Sharon combines high standards and a methodical and structured approach as a teacher with considerable patience and a good sense of humour - which make him very adept at dealing with young children." - Frank
To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].