Paul Sharp’s career has encompassed performing with many of the leading ensembles in the UK
and internationally, in both orchestral and historical music spheres, in the world’s most prestigious
venues from the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall to St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. He was a
foundation scholar of the Royal College of Music where he graduated in joint first study trumpet
and natural trumpet, winning the David Mason Prize for Trumpet.
Paul has performed as principal trumpet with the English Baroque Soloists, The Kings Consort,
Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. He has performed regularly as guest principal
trumpet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment including under their principal
conductors, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras.
He first performed with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists in their Bach
cantata pilgrimage tour in 2000 and has played regularly since with both the EBS and Orchestre
Révolutionnaire et Romantique in many major tours and recordings of the music of Bach, Berlioz
As principal trumpet of the Dunedin Consort, Paul has recorded Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas
Oratorio and Magnificat and Handel’s Samson, Esther and Ode for St Cecilia’s Day. He has
recorded solo obbligato parts alongside James Bowman, Ian Bostridge, Mary Bevan, Elizabeth
Watts and Iestyn Davies. He has made numerous recordings with Arcangelo with whom he gave a
concerto performance at the Wigmore Hall in 2017.
Paul has for many years played regularly with the Philharmonia including as principal trumpet,
and with such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka
Salonen and Andris Nelsons. In 2012, he took part in the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies
with Lorin Maazel.
He has performed as principal trumpet with the English Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Cappella Andrea Barca, Sir András Schiff’s chamber
Paul has been Professor of Natural Trumpet at the Royal College of Music since 2014 and in 2020
was appointed Head of Brass at Westminster School.