Sharon Kam

Clarinet

"Mine is not necessarily an instrumental way of thinking. It's not about which note sounds bad and how do you make it better. It's always about the phrase. How does a phrase have to be? And then you make it technically possible to get the phrase the way you want it to be."
Sharon Kam, The Irish Times, April 2005
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Biography

Sharon Kam is one of the world’s leading clarinet soloists and has been working with renowned orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan for over 20 years.
Mozart’s clarinet masterpieces have been an object of artistic focus for Ms. Kam since the beginning of her career. At the age of 16, she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in her orchestral debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. A short time later, she performed the Clarinet Quintet with the Guarneri String Quartet in Carnegie Hall, New York.
As part of Mozart’s 250th birthday celebrations at the National Theatre in Prague, her interpretation of the Mozart concerto was televised live in 33 countries and is available on DVD. In the same year, she was able to realize her longtime dream of recording the Concerto and the Clarinet Quintet using the basset clarinet. Contributing to the widely praised disk were eminent string players Isabelle van Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathé, Volker Jacobsen and Gustav Rivinus, as well as the Haydn Philharmonie.
„Sharon Kam is a clarinetist with an exceptionally wide expressive range.”Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
As a passionate chamber musician, Sharon Kam regularly works with artists such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Enrico Pace, Daniel Müller-Schott, Leif Ove Andsnes, Carolin Widmann and the Jerusalem Quartet. She is a frequent guest at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Heimbach, Rheingau, Risør, Cork, Verbier, and Delft, as well as the Schubertiade festival.
An active performer of contemporary music, she has premiered many works, including Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto and Quartet and concertos by Herbert Willi (at the Salzburg Festival), Iván Erőd and Peter Ruzicka (at Donaueschingen).
Sharon Kam feels at home in a variety of musical genres – from classical to modern music and jazz – a fact reflected in her diverse discography. She received the ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” award two times: in 1998, for her Weber recording with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and Kurt Masur, and in 2006, for her CD with the Leipzig Radio Orchestra featuring works by Spohr, Weber, Rossini and Mendelssohn. Her “American Classics” CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl, was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize.
In 2013 she released a recording entitled “Opera!”. This collaboration with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester, conducted by Ruben Gazarian, includes transcriptions of operatic arias ranging from Rossini and Puccini to Wolf-Ferrari, arranged for clarinet and chamber orchestra. The release was accompanied by an inaugural tour.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Max Reger's death in 2016, her chamber music partners from her Mozart recording rejoined to record the clarinet quintets by Reger and Brahms (Edel, October 2015).
In the 2018/2019 season, Sharon Kam and her CD partners will be performing the Mozart, Brahms and Reger Quintets again, at the Prague Dvorak Festival where she is curating the chamber music series this year and will be performing in various chamber music concerts as well as with the Academy-of-St. Martin-in-the-Fields playing the Mozart clarinet concerto. In addition she will perform in cities including Hannover, Wien, Zagreb, at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

2018 / 2019
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Programme

2019 / 2020
Duo
with Enrico Pace (Piano)

Schumann: Fantasy pieces,  Op. 73

or Gade: Fantasy pieces

Lutosławski: Dance preludes

Horowitz: Sonatina

or Poulenc: Sonata

Berg: Four pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5

Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in f minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Françaix: Tema con variazioni (for Clarinet and Piano)

Trio
with Ori Kam (Viola), Matan Porat (Piano)

Mozart: “Kegelstatt-Trio” in E-flat major KV 498

Schumann: “Fairy Tales”, Op. 132

Brahms: Two songs for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 91

Debussy (arr. Porat): Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (for Piano)

Bartók: Contrasts SZ 111

Quartet
with Liza Ferschtmann (Violin), Christian Poltéra (Cello), Enrico Pace (Piano)

Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello

Bartók: Contrasts SZ 111

Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Quintet
with Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ulrike-Anima Mathé (Violin), Volker Jacobsen (Viola),
Gustav Rivinius (Cello)

Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 31

Bliss: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115

 

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Schedule

10.01.2019
Hannover, DE / Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen
Sharon Kam, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Joshua Weilerstein
11.01.2019
Hannover, DE / Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen
Sharon Kam, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Joshua Weilerstein
13.01.2019
11:00 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Concertgebouw
Sharon Kam, Case Scaglione, Württembergisches Kammerorchester
20.01.2019
Wiesloch, DE / Hotel- und Kongresszentrum Palatin
Sharon Kam, Carolin Widmann, Tanja Tetzlaff, Antti Siirala
22.01.2019
St. Gallen, CH / Tonhalle St. Gallen
Sharon Kam, Carolin Widmann, Tanja Tetzlaff, Antti Siirala
27.02.2019
20:00 Uhr
Göppingen, DE / Stadthalle Göppingen
Sharon Kam, Garry Walker, Rheinische Philharmonie
17.03.2019
17:00 Uhr
Hannover, DE / Niedersächsische Staatsoper
Sharon Kam, Alexander Soddy, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester
18.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Hannover, DE / Niedersächsische Staatsoper
Sharon Kam, Alexander Soddy, Niedersächsisches Staastsorchester
30.03.2019
Ahrensburg, DE / Eduard Söring-Saal
Sharon Kam, Enrico Pace

Discography

Mozart - Brahms - Reger
Johannes Brahms
Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Cello in B minor, Op. 115

Max Reger
Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 146

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Cello in A major, KV 581 "Stadler-Quintett"

Isabelle van Keulen - Violin
Ulrike-Anima Mathé - Violin
Volker Jacobsen - Viola
Gustav Rivinius - Cello

Sharon Kam - Opera!
Gioachino Rossini
"Del periglio al fero aspetto"

Giuseppe Verdi
Four Romances from the "Composizioni da camera"

Gioachino Rossini
Bolero

Giacomo Puccini
"Sole e amore" (study to "La Bohème)
"Storiella d'amore"
"Ore dolce e divino" ("La Rondine")

Amilcare Ponchielli
"Paolo e Virginia"

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Intermezzo ("Susannas Geheimnis")
Serenata ("Der Schmuck der Madonna")
Intermezzo ("Die vier Grobiane")
Danza napolitana ("Der Schmuck der Madonna")

Gioachino Rossini
"Nacqui all' affano" ("La Cenerentola")

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
Ruben Gazarian - Conductor

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 1
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Jerusalem Quartet

Sharon Kam - Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, KV 622
Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola, Cello in A Major, KV 581 "Stadler-Quintett"

Isabelle van Keulen - Violin
Ulrike-Anima Mathe - Violin
Volker Jacobsen - Viola
Gustav Rivinius - Cello
Haydn Philharmonie

Sharon Kam - Pour Clarinette
Paul Hindemith
Piano quartet

Claude Debussy
The Première Rhapsody

Manfred Trojahn
Danse pour clarinette

Francis Poulenc
Sonata for two Clarinets
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Antje Weithaas - Violin
Gustav Rivinius - Cello
Paul Rivinius - Piano
Lars Vogt - Piano
Diemut Schneider - Clarinet

CAvi, 2010

Sharon Kam - The Voice of the Clarinet
Gioachino Rossini
Introduction & Varitations for Clarinet and Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34 (arr. for String Orchestra)

Jules Massenet
Meditation from Thaïs for Clarinet and Piano

Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Trio, Op. 114

Dmitri Shostakovich
Prelude, Op. 34 No. 17 (Largo)

Gustav Rivinius - Cello
Itamar Golan - Piano
Martin Helmchen - Piano
MDR Sinfonieorchester
Sinfonia Varsovia
Gregor Bühl - Conductor

Sharon Kam - Souvenirs
Jules Massenet
Meditation from Thaïs: Elegy (arr. for Clarinet and Piano)

Fritz Kreisler
Schöne Rosmarin
Marche miniature Viennoise
Syncopation
Liebesleid

Enrique Granados
Andaluza

Edward Elgar
Salut d'amour

Jascha Heifetz
Estrellita

Maurice Ravel
Piece en forme de habanera

Darius Milhaud
Brazileira

Ernest Bloch
Prayer

Pablo de Sarasate
Playera

Gaspar Cassado
Requiebros

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Souvenir d'un lieu cher
Valse sentimentale

Dmitri Shostakovich
Preludes, Op. 34 No. 17 (Largo)

Gabriel Fauré
Apres un reve

Alamiro Giampieri
Il carnevale di Venezia

Itamar Golan - Piano

Brahms - Sonatas & Trios
Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello in A minor, Op. 114

Martin Helmchen - Piano
Gustav Rivinius - Cello

Sharon Kam - The Romantic Clarinet
Julius Rietz
Concerto for Clarinet, Op. 29

Max Bruch
Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, Op. 88

Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34 (arr. for String Orchestra)

Ori Kam - Viola
Sinfonia Varsovia
Gregor Bühl - Conductor

Medelssohn-Bartholdy, Spohr, Rossini, Weber
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Concert pieces for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Orchestra No. 1 & 2


Louis Spohr
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 4 in E minor


Gioachino Rossini
Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra

Carl Maria von Weber
Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra in E-flat major, Op. 26

Johannes Peitz - Bassett Horn
MDR Sinfonieorchester
Gregor Bühl - Conductor

Berlin Classics, 2005

Sharon Kam - American Classics
Aaron Copland
Concerto for Clarinet


Leonard Bernstein
Prelude, Fugue & Riffs

Glenn Gould
Derivations for Clarinet and Band

Martin Shaw
Concerto for Clarinet

George Gershwin
Summertime
They All Laughed
The Man I Love
I Got Rythm

London Symphony Orchestra
Gregor Bühl - Dirigent

Teldec, 2002

Sharon Kam meets Krysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki
Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)

Witold Lutoslawski
Dance Preludes for Solo Clarinet, Percussion, Harp, Piano and Strings

Krzysztof Penderecki
Sinfonietta No. 2 for Clarinet and Strings
Three Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano
Prelude for Solo Clarinet in B-flat

Itamar Golan - Piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Krysztof Penderecki - Conductor

Teldec, 1999

Weber: Clarinet Concertos
Carl Maria von Weber
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestr No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 74
Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 48

Itamar Golan - Piano
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Kurt Masur - Conductor

Teldec, 1996

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Sharon Kam - Opera!

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