Gemma Sharples is a versatile violinist whose career spans chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching. As second violin in the Gildas Quartet she regularly performs around the UK and internationally, including at festivals such as Cheltenham, St Magnus and Oxford Lieder, and live on BBC Radio 3.
Gemma is also the violinist of the Albany Piano Trio who since 2010 have specialised in the performance and promotion of music by female composers. They have commissioned works by composers such as Charlotte Bray, Judith Bingham and Josephine Stephenson and instigated and curated a sold out festival of ‘Women in Music’ at the Royal College of Music in 2014. In 2016 their concert for International Women’s Day was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The trio were Junior Fellows at the Royal College of Music from 2013-14 and are Park Lane Group Young Artists and Concordia Artists.
Gemma performs as a guest violinist with several orchestras including London Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and London Mozart Players, with whom she has often played co-principal second violin. She also enjoys session work and arranging and has written string parts for artists such as Bastille and Rag'n'Bone Man.
Gemma studied for an Honours Degree in Music at Christ Church college, Oxford, followed by an MA in violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Richard Deakin where she was awarded the first Howard Davies Scholarship. For over 10 years she has been a violin teacher at Junior Academy and she also has a thriving private teaching practice.
In 2018 Gemma was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her contribution to the music profession.