Paul Sharpe

Double bass faculty Paul Sharpe enjoys teaching all levels of student, whether it is starting instruction with young students and instilling them with good playing habits from the start or with an already well-developed graduate student that he can refine into something great. Sharpe pulls from his extensive performance career while teaching which includes countless performances with orchestras, quartets and as a member the strings duo Low and Lower.

I work very hard to maintain each particular student’s individuality as an artist. A bassist’s sound should be their own – individual, effortless, an expression of their personality.


  • Former strings faculty at Texas Tech University 

Career Highlights

  • Performed as principal bass under Roger Norrington, and as a section bassist under Andre Previn, Seiji Ozawa and in Leonard Bernstein’s second to last concert
  • Performed Berlioz’ "Requiem" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of their bass section
  • Performed with orchestras all over the nation and the world as soloist – from Brazil, to Alaska, to Texas and with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Boise Philharmonic to perform Katabasis" written for cello/bass duo Low and Lower, by Lawrence Dillon
  • Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Bad Boyz of Double Bass Quartet at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Colorado
  • Attended the National Music Camp and Interlochen, MI where he was named principal bass of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 of the 8 weeks of the program

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Fellowships to study and perform at Tanglewood Music Center in 1990, Aspen Music Festival in 1996, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan from 1992-1993, and the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, in 1995
  • Winner of the E. Nakamichi Double Bass Concerto Competition at Aspen Music Festival, 1996
  • Third Prize in the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, 1997


  • International Society of Bassists
  • Suzuki Double Bass Committee


M.A. Music PerformanceUniversity of Iowa

B.M. Music PerformanceNorthwestern University