was born in 1946 in St.Petersburg-Russia and is a product
of the wide range of musical facilities offered by the former Soviet
After preparatory schooling, he attended, at the age of eight, one
of the Children's Music Schools in St. Petersburg, of which there
are no less than fifty in this great musically famous city. His
chosen instrument was the accordion.
After 'Middle Level' studies, he secured one of only 20 places available
that year, at the world famous St. Petersburg "Rimsky Korsakov"
Conservatory of Music. He then completed five years of study, and
was invited to join one of the privileged classes called 'Asperantura',
which led to his appointment as a tutor at the Conservatory.
He is now Senior Professor of Music and Head of the Accordion Department
at this famous Conservatory of Music.
Oleg Sharov has toured extensively in the USSR, Finland and Eastern
Europe. It was not until Peristroika, that he was able to tour in
the West and Scandinavia (1987) and the USA (1990).
In recent years, Oleg Sharov has given premieres of about twenty
original works for free bass accordion of Russian and European composers.
One of these was the premiere performance in the UK (1996) of 'Concerto
for Accordion and Orchestra' composed by Ivor Hodgson, with the
Manchester Camarata Symphony Orchestra.
Oleg Sharov has continued to enhance his international reputation
by touring Japan, France, Chine, Spain, Finland, Italy, Sweden,
Portugal, Denmark, Switzeland, Narway, Yugoslavia, Belgium and Poland
in recent years.
In addition, he has given Master Classes at the Royal Academies
of Music in London, Copenhagen and Antwerp. Also he has been invited
to International Accordion Seminars in Barcelona, Tokyo as well
as in Finland, Norway, China and Poland.
Oleg Sharov has be asked to adjudicate at Competitions such as the
Coupe Mondiale, CMA Trofeo Mondiale and USA Grand Prix a number
of times. He also continues to organise two International Accordion
Festivals each year in St. Petersburg.
Oleg Sharove has transcribed several classical pieces for the free
bass accordion including "The Blue Danube" (Johann Strauss),
Hungarian Rhapsody Nos 2 &14 (F. Liszt), Gothic Suite (L. Boelman)
and several Russian melodies which have been published in Germany.
His concert repertoire includes music from Baroque to Avantgarde.
( Vivaldi, J.S.Bach, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Repnikov,
Banchikov, Olczak and others).
He is regarded by his peers as one of the foremost accomplished
'free bass' accordionists in the world today. In 1985 he was awarded
the title of "Honour Artist of the Russian Republic".
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