was born in 1946 in St. Petersburg - Russia, and is a product of the wide
range of musical facilities offered by the former Soviet State system.
After preparatory school, he attended at the age of eight,one of the
Children's Music Schools in St. Petersburg, of which there are no less
than fifty in the city. His chosen instrument was the Bayan-Accordion.
After 'Middle Level' studies he secured one of only 20 places available
that year, at the world famous St. Petersburg "Rimsky Korsakov"
Conservatory of Music. He completed five years of study, and was invited
to join one of the privileged classes called 'Asperantura', which led to
his appointment as a tutor at the Conservatory. He is currently Senior
Professor of Music and head of the accordion department at the
He has toured extensively in the Soviet Union, Finland and Eastern Europa. It was not
until Peristroika that he was able to tour in the West and Scandinavia
(1987) and the USA (1990). In recent years Oleg has given premiers of
about twenty modern and original works for free bass accordion of Russian
and European composers. One of the latest of these was the first
performance in the United Kingdom (1996) of 'Concerto for Accordion and
Orchestra' (Ivor Hodgson) with the Manchester Camarata Symphony Orchestra.
He has continued to
enhance his international reputation by touring Japan, France, China,
Spain, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, SwitzeRland, NOrway,
Yugoslavia, Belgium and Poland. In addition he has given Master Classes at
the Royal Academies of Music in London, Copenhagen and Antwerp. Also he
has been invited to International Accordion Seminars in Barcelona, Tokyo
as well as in Finland, Norway, China and Poland. Oleg Sharov has be asked
to adjudicate at Competitions at Coup Mondiale (1995), Trofeo Mondiale
(1990) and Grand Prix (1991, 1994 and 1997). He continues to organise two
International Accordion Festivals each year in St. Petersburg.
He has transcribed
several classical pieces for the free base accordion including "The Blue
Danube" (Johann Strauss), Hungarian Rhapsody Nos 2 &14 (F.Listz), Gothic
Suit (L.Boelman) and several Russian melodies. His concert repertoire
includes music from Baroque to Avantgarde.( Vivaldi, J.S.Bach, Listz,
Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Repnikov, Banchikov and Olczak.)
He is regarded by
his peers as one of the most accomplished 'Free Bass' accordionists in the
world today and in 1985 he was awarded the title of "Honour Artist of the
After a stunning performance at our Eastbourne Festival
(Oct 2007) we have invited him back to the UK and expect to see him Oct