Sharlene Wallace is both a Classsical harpist and one of Canada's most prolific and influential lever harp players. She has won two international competitions, the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (Tucson, Arizona) and the Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (Dinan, France).
Sharlene has created five independent CDs featuring many of her own compositions which have been influenced by her explorations in South American, Celtic and contemporary music: the rhyme & the river, Journey of Shadows (a CD about winter), Beyond the Waves, Island Mountain, Anticipation (Sharlene & Susan Piltch)
She has also been involved in commissions for the lever harp by numerous Canadian composers. Sharlene tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications. She has performed in numerous festivals and concert series including The World Harp Congress (Vancouver, BC), Celtica and the Workshop Internazionale di Arpa (Italy), Musicora (Paris), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) and Vancouver Island Musicfest.
Sharlene teaches privately in Toronto, Guelph and Oakville and is on the faculty of York University teaching lever and pedal harps. Her own Classical performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent harpist Judy Loman.
Sharlene is principal harpist with Guelph, Kingston and Oakville Symphonies and has been both pedal and lever harp soloist with numerous orchestras in Ontario. www.sharlenewallace.com