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Sharon Choa
In 2007, Sharon was nominated an ‘inspirational woman of the world’ with her portrait appearing in the National Gallery. Her achievement as musician, conductor and entrepreneur is featured in Zerbanoo Gifford’s book Confessions to a Serial Womaniser.

Born and bred in Hong Kong, Sharon excelled at the violin from a young age and was later accepted at the Royal Academy of Music as a violinist to study under the great quartet leader Sidney Griller. She has been awarded many performance and academic prizes whilst a student in London and has been awarded individual grants by Arts Council England, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council to further her many musical and entrepreneurial activities. In 2001, Sharon founded Chamber Orchestra Anglia (COA). In the role as artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra, she has presented a string of concerts that earned COA the reputation for its high-quality performances and innovative programming.

In her career as a conductor, she has worked with orchestras such as the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, the Jena Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Camerata, Prague Philharmonia, Wuppertal Sinfonietta, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta; and with soloists such as Steven Isserlis, Paul Silverthorne, Jane Manning, Jeremy White, Warren Mok, Ning Liang, Justin Lavender, Diana Moore, Philip Eastop, and the Allegri String Quartet. She has also directed a host of young professionals in the UK and in continental Europe in concerto concerts.

This year, Sharon has been given the Music Award under the Norfolk Arts Award scheme for her services in music within the community of Norfolk, and the A.R.A.M. in recognition of her work as performer and educator. Sharon currently holds the position as Chair of the School of Music at the HK Academy of Performing Arts.