|Sharlene Wallace is one of Canada's most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists. Playing both Classical/pedal and lever harps has led Sharlene to copiously diverse musical influences and opportunities.
Winner of 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 six independent CDs (the rhyme & the river, Journey of Shadows, Beyond the Waves, Island Mountain, Anticipation, a collaborated CD with Susan Piltch, and most recently Q&A, an album with American Celtic harpist Kim Robertson). These albums feature many of Sharlene’s compositions inspired by her explorations in South American, Celtic, Classical and contemporary music and by her close connection with the Canadian landscape.
Sharlene has also been involved in commissions for the lever harp by numerous Canadian composers such as John Beckwith, Bruce Mather, Nancy Telfer, Evelyne Datl, Kirk Elliott, William Beauvais and Rodney Sharman.
Sharlene tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications. She has performed in numerous festivals and concert series across North America and in Europe including Celtica and the Workshop Internazionale di Arpa (Italy), Musicora (Paris, France), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, ON), World Harp Congress (Vancouver, BC) Harpcon (St. Louis, MO), The Harp Gathering Festival (Ohio, USA) and Vancouver Island Musicfest (BC). Sharlene is involved in collaborations with bass player George Koller, piano/flute player Susan Piltch, and accordion/fiddle player Adrian Dolan among others.
Sharlene is on the music faculties of Wilfred Laurier University and York University teaching both Classical and lever harps. Her own performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman. Sharlene is Principal Harpist with the Guelph, Kingston and Oakville Symphonies.