|Born in Oxford in 1976, David Lewiston Sharpe was educated in London, culminating in a period of study at King's College, University of London, from where he graduated in 1998 with a BMus (Hons). He has also studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music with Gary Carpenter, and piano and harpsichord with Virginia Black at the Royal Academy of Music. ,
He has already written over fifty works, including orchestral pieces, chamber works, piano pieces and art songs. 2002 saw the world premiere of his Piano Concerto No.1, given by Andrew Zolinsky with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. In addition to this he has written Symphony No.1, for wind orchestra; a symphonic poem, 'The Pillar of Seikilos'; a Concertino for Violin and Orchestra; a suite for 11 instruments,'A Salvador Dalí Suite', premiered by e2K in 1999, conducted by Robin Newton; several works for double basses, including two commissions for a work for bass quartet, 'Invocation', and a mammoth score for twenty basses, 'Cori Spezzati', both given their first performances at Wellington College, Berkshire, UK. , Other pieces, including a motet for Soprano and chamber orchestra have been performed at King's College, London.
"Fantastic ... brilliant orchestration ... really passionate music" - Paul Patterson, Manson Professor of Composition Royal Academy of Music. "A skilled composer" - Martyn Brabbins, conductor, BBC Scottish SO. "Very lovely music ... a life experience" - Arvo Pärt [on Piano Concerto No.1]