The Jerusalem Quartet continue to be both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world.

With a growing reputation in North America, where they have played in venues throughout New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Washington, the 2011/12 season sees them embark on two extended tours in concert halls throughout the US and Canada. The Jerusalem Quartet also tour the UK this season, in a programme of Schumann, together with pianist Alexander Melnikov, celebrating the release of their new CD on Harmonia Mundi. Their European concerts include appearances at venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, London''s Wigmore Hall and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Further performances take them to venues in cities including Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, Lucerne, Dortmund, Perugia, Genoa, Siena and Le Mans.

During the past season, the Jerusalem Quartet concentrated on Brahms’s chamber music with special residencies at the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris, the Hamburger Ostertöne Festival, the Schubertiade and at De Doelen, Rotterdam. Throughout the 2009/10 season the Jerusalem Quartet performed their “Mozart Plus” project at the Wigmore Hall - focusing on String Quartets and Quintets by Mozart - together with violist Lawrence Power. The Quartet toured this programme in cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Munich and Zurich.

The Jerusalem Quartet record exclusively for Harmonia Mundi and their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes. Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte, while their release of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 and was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone Magazine. The Quartet’s latest recording of Mozart’s String Quartets, released in March 2011, was immediately selected as Chamber Music Choice in BBC Music Magazine the same month. Their next release, a recording of Schumann’s Piano Quartet and Quintet with Alexander Melnikov, will be released in spring 2012.

In 2003 the Quartet were recipients of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They were also part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 1999 to 2001. 2011/12 season only.

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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.

In the 2015/2016 season, Sharon Kam can be heard at The Sage Gateshead, the Schubertiade in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, at Musikfest Hamburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, and in London’s Wigmore Hall, among other festivals and venues. She will be Artist in Residence at Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt and on tour with her “Opera!” repertoire again.

Jerusalem Quartet; Sharon Kam clarinet
Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms
Wigmore Hall Friday June 17 at 7.00pm