Sharon Niessen ( Eindhoven, 1986) started playing the piano at a very early age and her talent was soon recognised. When she was only fourteen and still at secondary school she was admitted to the Young Talent Class of the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. After graduating from secondary school she continued her studies at the Fontys Conservatory, where she finished her Master studies cum laude. She followed lessons with Ton Demmers, Jan Wijn and Joop Celis. She followed masterclasses with Matangi Quartet, pianists Ronald Brautigam and Igor Roma.
Sharon has been awarded several prizes, among which First Prize in the prestigious Princess Christina Competition in 2004. She has worked with conductors such as Kian Pin Hiu, Jules van Hessen, Jurjen Hempel and has played with the Helicon Orchestra, the Philips Symphony Orchestra and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Sharon has given many recitals throughout Europe. She performed in a concert in the world-famous Carnegie Hall New York together with other finalists of the Princess Christina Competition. In 2005 she also performed in the Frits Philips Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven in a special concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Frits Philips. Another highlight was a tour of the Netherlands with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra when Sharon played Franz Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. During her final Master recital she played Saint-Saëns 2nd Piano Concerto u.d.o. Sander Teepen, one of the most promising conductors of the Netherlands.
Furthermore, Sharon had different radio and television performances, among which Dutch Radio 4 and a tv performance during ‘Business Class’ of Harry Mens.
Apart from giving concerts as a solo pianist Sharon plays in chamber music ensembles.