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Since the age of sixteen, Vancouver based pianist and composer, Sharon Minemoto has been performing to audiences around the world.
Sharon’s groups have been featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Vernon Jazz Club, The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society, The Powell Street Festival, The Hornby Island Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, The Beatniq Jazz Club in Calgary, The Yardbird Suite Jazz Club in Edmonton, the Jazz On The Wing series in Whitehorse, YT and at Club JZ in China.
As a sideperson, Sharon has performed in ensembles led by Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, Joani Taylor, Laura Crema, James Danderfer, Ali Ryerson, Karin Plato, Jennie Emery, Steve Maddock as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir.
Sharon holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano College in North Vancouver. While she was a student there, she was selected from applicants across North America as the pianist for the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) College All-Star Band.
Sharon is a faculty member at the School of Music at Vancouver Community College.
She has also taught at workshops and masterclasses at the UBC Summer Music Institute, The Shawnigan Lake Music Workshop, Capilano College, the Smithers Jazz Retreat, the Douglas College Jazz Institute and at the Shanghai International School. \