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Cameron Lam : Associate Artist

There are three audiences for a piece; those who read your score, those who interpret your instructions, and those who hear your sound. My music seeks to engage each of those audiences individually - on their own terms.

Random Audio Sample: The Art of Disappearing (mezzo-soprano with string quartet) by Cameron Lam, from the CD Art of Disappearing

Photo of Cameron Lam

Photo: Hayden Shepherd

Artist website: https://cameronlam.com/

Artist website: http://www.kammerklang.com

Cameron Lam (b.1989) is a freelance composer, the Artistic Director of Kammerklang, - a Sydney-based music and art production company - and the Art Music Specialist at APRA AMCOS.

His compositional experience has always been based in practical work and experimentation. He is an avid dabbler and appreciator of various artforms, having completed his honours in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and studied dance and static trapeze for 7 years at B&B Studios in Marrickville.

In particular Cameron's approach to composition has been inspired by game designer, Mark Rosewater and Amercian theatre director, Anne Bogart. Both advocate the role and experience of the player in artistic expression, leading him to create pieces with more interaction and agency for the performer.

Cameron has had the pleasure of working with and writing for many of Australia's leading musicians such as acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, contemporary vocal ensemble Halcyon, the renowned Nexas Saxophone Quartet, leading clarinettist Sue Newsome, and YouTuber and EWI-ist Peter Smith (aka Soundole VGM Covers).

Many of Cameron's works utilise narrative and myth in order to create structure. This element of myth infuses notable works such as Australia's first EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) concerto, Electric Phoenix (for Peter Smith & the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra) and the first contrabass clarinet concerto with wind symphony, Yggdrasil: The World Tree (for Sue Newsome & the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony).

Cameron is proud to be Fine Music 102.5FM's Stephen Kruger Scholar for 2018, which will see him complete and record The Art of Disappearing, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, based on the poetry of Australian author, Sarah Holland-Batt.

Cameron Lam — current to February 2018

Studied with

Damien Ricketson (2007 - 2010)

Michael Smetanin (2007 - 2010)


Collaborated with

Chris Williams (2008 - current)

Peggy Polias (2009 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Yggdrasil: The World Tree : concerto for contrabass clarinet and wind symphony (2017) Commissioned by Sue Newsome.
Digital sheet music sample Eucalyptus : Genetic Dances : for clarinet quartet (2014) Commissioned by Sue Newsome.
Golden Bird : for EWI and piano (2014) Arrangement commissioned by Peter Smith
Electric Phoenix : Concerto for EWI (electronic wind instrument) and orchestra (2012) Commissioned by Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.