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Sharon Kam

  • Clarinetist

Biography

A frequent participant in summer festivals, Sharon Kam has appeared at the Ravinia, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Vancouver, Risør, Marlboro and Cork Festivals and is a regular guest at pianist Lars Vogt's Festival Spannungen in Heimbach, Germany. A lover of chamber music, Sharon Kam regularly collaborates with colleagues as Heinrich Schiff, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Antje Weithaas, Gustav Rivinius, Tabea Zimmermann and Leonidas Kavakos, as well as with the Tokyo, Artemis, Artis, Kuss, and American String Quartets. Her collaboration with pianist Itamar Golan has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for over a decade. Since this season she is also having a close working relationship with Martin Helmchen. Together they are performing Brahms’ works for clarinet and piano.

Sharon Kam is a dedicated performer of contemporary music and regularly performs concertos by composers such as Manfred Trojahn und Brett Dean. She has premiered Krzysztof Penderecki's Clarinet Concerto and Quartet and Peter Ruzicka's Clarinet Concerto „Erinnerung”.

In Summer 2003 she made her Debut at the Salzburg Festival, where she was immediately reengaged for 2005 and 2006.

On the occasion of W. A. Mozart's 250th Anniversary Sharon Kam performed a live television broadcast (in 33 countries) of the Mozart clarinet concerto from the Estates Theatre in Prague.

Her CD for Edel Classics with the Leipzig Radio orchestra, for which she again received the Echo Prize ‚instrumentalist of the year’ in 2006, includes works by Spohr, Weber, Rossini and Mendelssohn. She received her first Echo in 1998 for the recordings of Weber concertos with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. In addition to a recital CD with pianist Itamar Golan and a recording of the Mozart and Krommer concertos, a recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s clarinet works conducted by the composer was released in 1999. Her CD 'American Classics' with the London Symphony Orchestra, was awarded the prize of the “Deutsche Schallplattenkritik.”. In September 2007 her CD with Sinfonia Varsovia, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl with works by Rietz, Bruch and Weber, was released by Edel Classics. A new CD “Souvenirs” with Sharon Kam and Itamar Golan will be released by the same label in autumn 2008.