Pianist and composer Professor Jeffrey Sharkey became Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September 2014, leading Scotland’s national conservatoire of dance, drama, music, production and screen. Jeffrey served as Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute from 2006-2014. Jeffrey Sharkey is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he was the conservatory’s first double major in piano and composition. He earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Yale University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. His expertise is in the performing arts, arts advocacy, arts leadership and especially in music as a pianist, chamber musician and composer.