New Principal for RCS
16 October 2013
Jeffrey Sharkey has just been appointed as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s next principal. He will succeed John Wallace on his retirement in September 2014.
Pianist, composer and educator Jeffrey Sharkey has been the director of the Peabody Institute at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore since 2006. Previous appointments include dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, director of music at the Purcell School and head of composition and academic music at Wells Cathedral School. Mr Sharkey is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and the University of Cambridge.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Sharkey said: ‘I have long admired the work and achievements of the Royal Conservatoire under the outstanding and creative leadership of John Wallace. I am excited to take forward the Royal Conservatoire’s innovative curriculum that prepares students across all disciplines for the rapidly changing arts world. The Royal Conservatoire has much to offer the country and the wider world, and I am delighted to be part of its exciting future.’