Since emerging as the most exciting young clarinetist on the international scene when she won the top prize at the Munich (ARD) International Competition in 1992, Sharon Kam has performed with many renowned orchestras all over the world. These include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Kurt Masur, the Toronto Symphony and Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the Hamburg Philharmonic, Munich and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras and the Tokyo Philharmonic.
In recitals, Sharon Kam has appeared in New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Munich, Vancouver, Jerusalem, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Tel Aviv. She has collaborated with such esteemed ensembles and artists as the Guarneri Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Barbara Bonney, Krzysztof Penderecki, Isaac Stern and Yefim Bronfman.
A frequent participant in summer festivals, Sharon Kam has been invited to appear at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Seattle, Vancouver, Marlboro, Colorado and Divonne music festivals.
Since 1995, Ms. Kam has been recording the major clarinet repertoire as an exclusive artist for Teldec Classics. Her recordings include the Weber Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, for which she received the Echo Prize as 'instrumentalist of the year' in 1998, a recital CD of works by Schumann, Poulenc and Debussy with pianist Itamar Golan and a recording of the Mozart and Krommer concertos with Jörg Faerber and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbron. Her world première recording of Penderecki's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and other works by Penderecki and Lutoslawski was released in the autumn of 1999.
In 2002, Teldec releases Sharon Kam's latest CD, American Classics - an album of American jazz- inspired music including Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto and music by Artie Shaw, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
A native of Israel, Sharon Kam she made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Shortly thereafter she was asked to take part in the historic joint concert by the Berlin and Israel philharmonics in Tel Aviv. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Charles Neidich.