Paul Sharp performs regularly with many of the leading period instrument ensembles in the UK and abroad. As principal trumpet of the Gramophone Award-winning Dunedin Consort, recordings include Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio. As guest principal trumpet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, he has played under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop and Sir András Schiff.
Paul was a foundation scholar of the RCM and graduated in joint first study trumpet and natural trumpet, receiving the David Mason prize for trumpet. His interest in period brass instruments evolved through his study with Michael Laird, Mark Bennett and Jeremy West. While at the RCM, he played in the opening season production of Henry V in the newly rebuilt Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and subsequently went on to perform in a further 12 productions.
In 2000, Paul performed in many of the concerts and recordings as part of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. Other notable projects with them include the 2003 production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Châtelet and numerous performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass including the 2015 recording. Further afield, he has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cappella Andrea Barca (dir. András Schiff) and Orchestra Mozart (dir. Claudio Abaddo) and has played obbligato trumpet parts alongside James Bowman, Michael Chance and Elizabeth Watts.