Nicholas Sharma is a Violinist/Violist and Conductor with a long record of teaching. Sharma holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Sharma grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where he studied with members of the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada. Since then, he has studied violin with the concertmaster of the LA Phil, and violin soloist Oleh Krysa, one of David Oistrakh’s prodigies. Sharma has extensive experience as an orchestral musician, playing with the American Youth Symphony in high school, the Eastman Philharmonia and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.
Sharma’s conducting experience includes serving as the assistant conductor of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season as well as for both the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Mozart Players from 2017-2019. During his time in Oregon, Sharma sought to unite conducting with his interest in musicology. He was recently invited to present at the 2019 Musicking Conference in musicology on Symphonies from Mannheim, with a scholarly edition and performance of one of the many symphonies from this period. Sharma has also been invited to summer festivals including the Aspen Festival and School of Music as a conducting fellow in 2019, and New World Symphony and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada in 2020.
Sharma’s teaching expertise began in high school with a private violin and viola studio in Los Angeles. He has taught large group classes ranging from beginner violin to university level students, serving as the professor for classes including Intro to Conducting and Campus Orchestra. Since the completion of his Master’s in 2019 Sharma has continued to focus on developing his educational outreach. Since then he has taught in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for organizations such as the Bronx Conservatory of Music and is looking forward to teaching through the Cascade School of Music starting next year.