Ning Kam
violin | Singapore, °1975
 
Ning Kam was born in Singapore and began studying the violin at age six with her father, violinist and composer, Kam Kee Yong. In 1987 she received scholarships from the Lee and Shaw Foundations of Singapore to enter the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, UK, where she studied with Maurizio Fuks, Wen Zhou Li and the late Sidney Griller. In 1993 she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, to study with Jaime Laredo and Yumi Scott. She then went on to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In 1991, Ning Kam won First Prize in the junior section of the Folkestone Menuhin International Violin Competition, she was a prizewinner at the Third International Pablo Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona in 1995, a finalist in the 2000 Henryk Szeryng Career Awards, culminating in winning Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2001. She has also been honoured by the National Arts Council of Singapore with the Young Artist Award, presented in 2000 to a young artist of extraordinary talent.

Ning Kam has given many concerts in Europe, Singapore, Canada and the United States. She has performed at the Menuhin Music Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. In 1988 she appeared on BBC's Blue Peter, where she played to a television audience of seven million. In that same year, she performed the Mendelssohn Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall, with the Wren Orchestra. Since then she has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, she participated at the prestigious Ravinia Festival at the Steans Institute for Young Artists 2000.

Ning Kam released her first CD in 1997, featuring the works of Enesco, Sarasate, her father, Kam Kee Yong as well as transcriptions by Heifetz. Most recent releases are a CD dedicated to the music of the Americas entitled Transatlantic, and a recording, Cicada, dedicated solely to the music of Kam Kee Yong. She released her debut recording with orchestra of the August De Boeck Violin Concerto with the Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot, under the Etcetera label. As a chamber musician, Ning is also part of the Elessar Trio. Their recording of the music of Astor Piazzolla was released in 2008 on Illuminate Records and is available for online download. Other releases in 2008 include the chamber music of Alexander Goehr on the Meridian Records label, where she performs as part of the Chiron Trio with pianist Daniel Becker and cellist, Thomas Carroll.

As an artist who has great interest in championing contemporary music, Ning Kam gave the world-premiere of Claude Ledoux's Frissons D'Aile, a concerto for violin and orchestra dedicated to Ning and commissioned by the Liege Philharmonic. She has also been invited to broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 programme, In Tune, in 2005 and made her successful Wigmore Hall debut in 2006 with British pianist, Carole Presland, as part of the Park Lane Group Series.

Concerts in the 2007-2008 season included appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Klassische Filharmonie Bonn, Flemish Radio Orchestra, as well as recitals in Taiwan, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the USA. Special projects that season included a Taiwan concert tour with percussionist, Francis Kam in a ground-breaking violin and drums programme. The 2008-2009 season included her debuts with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphony Orchestras as well as recitals and chamber music as part of the Concerts du Midi series at the Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, at Kings Place, London and at the Ulverston Festival, UK.

Ning also made her leading and directing debut with the Het Kamerorkest Brugge in Belgium in 2009 and has returned every season since as leader and director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge. Beginning in september 2011, Ning will commence in her role as the new Artistic Director of het Kamerorkest Brugge. 2010 also saw her China debut with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra with whom she will return in the 2011-2012 season with conductor, Christian Ehwald. Other engagements in the 2011/2012 season include a return with the Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen with conductor Guy van Waas as well as a new recording with pianist, Albert Tiu, under the Meridian Records, UK label.
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