She is the 2023 winner of the Hedwig Holbrook Prize from the Turn the Spotlight Foundation, with which she was a 2023 Fellow, mentored by Kathleen Kelly. In June 2023 she performed the workshop premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Piano Concerto, a work spearheaded by the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and arranged by Patricia Wallinga. Sharon has written a chapter debunking common myths about Clara Schumann for an upcoming book published by Clemson University Press.
An amusing pandemic project—in which she made a music video using footage of her playing Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons—got her featured in the documentary Virtual Cultures in Pandemic Times (2022) and the book Playing With Reality by Alex Humphreys (2022). She appeared with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy in 2015 and 2017 and in 2017 completed a residency with Chamber Music Silicon Valley.
Her recordings of piano works by Clara Schumann, Cècile Chaminade, Louise Farrenc, Florence Price, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Maria Szymanowska have been hailed for “breathtaking clarity and passion” (Elizabeth de Brito, The Daffodil Perspective). In her self-led journey to learn about these remarkable composers, she has discovered that they led fascinating lives and has become known for telling their stories in funny and relatable ways in her concert talks and online. She is also unafraid of being gently critical of some classical music traditions (if you couldn’t tell from this bio) and has unintentionally generated discourse with pieces like an infamous article satirizing classical music writing, a blog post about the specific hurdles of performing music by women composers, and a piece about the impossible burdens placed on women on the stage. She has given lectures on her work and research to conservatories like the Royal College of Music and the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific and organizations like the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She writes occasionally for VAN Magazine and weekly for her own newsletter demystifying the creative process around her work.