Sharon Andrea Choa has been a devoted musician throughout her life - as conductor, violinist and educator. Born in Hong Kong, she excelled at the violin from a young age and started conducting whilst still at school. She was later accepted at the Royal Academy of Music as a violinist to study under the great quartet leader Sidney Griller. Further studies brought her to King’s College London on a full scholarship where her passion for conducting was re-ignited. Since then, she has worked with orchestras around Europe and Asia and with soloists such as Steven Isserlis, Jane Manning, Jeremy White, Warren Mok, Diana Moore, Philip Eastop, Paul Silverthorne and the Allegri String Quartet. In 2001, Sharon founded Chamber Orchestra Anglia (COA) in order to draw together creative and cultural strengths in the UK. In the role as artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra, she has presented a string of concerts that earned COA the reputation for its high-level performances and innovative programming.
On her path as a young conductor, she had been coached by Jorma Panula, Georg Tintner, Janoš Fűrst, David Parry and Diego Masson as well as Sir Colin Davis and Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek. In addition, she has worked with both Sir Colin and Maestro Bělohlávek in orchestral workshops for young musicians; and was awarded an individual Arts Council England award to audit Daniel Barenboim’s rehearsals with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Seville and the youth orchestra in Chicago.
Sharon has been awarded many performance and academic prizes including individual grants by Arts Council England, the British Academy, the Arts Humanities Research Council and the British Council. In 2007, Sharon was nominated an ‘inspirational woman of the world’ with her portrait appearing in the National Gallery. Her achievement as musician, conductor and entrepreneur is featured in Zerbanoo Gifford’s book Confessions to a Serial Womaniser.
In 2014, Sharon was given the Music Award under the Norfolk Arts Award scheme in the UK and the A.R.A.M. in recognition of her work as performer and educator. The same year, she returned to Hong Kong to take up the position as Dean of the School of Music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She has since been a guest conductor of the HK Philharmonic and has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME). In 2016 with her colleagues at the HKAPA, she has founded Philharmonia APA – an ensemble made up of HKAPA’s gifted alumni. The ensemble has given a number of high-profile concerts in Hong Kong and toured to Vienna twice in 2016 & 2017.
作為一位於香港土生土長的指揮家、小提琴家及教育工作者，蔡敏德一直熱愛音樂，她年少時已是一位出色的小提琴手，在學期間已開始擔任指揮。她曾負笈英國皇家音樂學院主修小提琴，師隨傑出四重奏領奏西德尼•歌爾勒，其後她獲全數獎學金入讀倫敦國皇學院繼續深造，並重燃她對指揮的熱情。她自此與歐洲及亞洲各大樂團合作，並與Steven Isserlis、Jane Manning、Jeremy White、莫華倫、Diana Moore、Philip Eastop、Paul Silverthorne等獨奏家以及阿勒格利弦樂四重奏等演出。2001年，蔡氏為了匯聚英國創意及文化之士而創辦了安吉利亞室樂團，並出任藝術總監兼首席指揮，帶領樂團演出多場音樂會，不僅樂團的藝術水平獲得肯定，極富創意的節目安排同樣備受讚賞。
在學習指揮的藝術路上，她曾師從Jorma Panula、Georg Tintner、Janoš Fűrst、 David Parry、Diego Masson、Colin Davis爵士及Jiří Bělohlávek大師，除此以外，她亦與Colin Davis爵士及Jiří Bělohlávek大師為年輕音樂家籌辦交響樂工作坊，並獲頒英國藝術局個人獎項到塞維亞旁聽巴倫邦與東西合集管弦樂團及芝加哥青年樂團的排練。
屢獲殊榮的蔡敏德曾獲英國藝術協會、英國學院、藝術人文研究協會以及英國文化協會等機構頒發多項個人資助。她於2007年獲提名為「全球具啟發性傑出女性」，其畫像更在英國國家肖像畫廊展出，澤爾班路•吉福特在著作《Confessions to a Serial Womaniser》裡面訪問蔡教授，闡述其作為音樂家、指揮家以及企業家的出眾成就。