Composer, violinist, conductor, and member of Egypt's second generation of classical composers. He was noted for his monodic music, which he began composing around 1950.
He studied music at the Fuad I Institute for Traditional Music. He played with the orchestras that served as accompaniment for Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and Umm Kulthum.
He composed one operetta, "The Crystal Ball," during his career.
His son Hassan Sharara was also a violinist and conductor.
He became prominent in Egypt around the same time as actor Omar Sharif.