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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: Kierra Thorn

Artist website: https://cameronlam.com/

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

Cameron Lam (b.1989) is a freelance composer, the Artistic Director of Australian hybrid-art production company, Kammerklang, and the Art Music Specialist at the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA AMCOS).

Named in 2020 as one of The Music Network's 30 under 30 future leaders of the music industry, Cameron's career has focused on collaboration, interdisciplinary practice, and entrepreneurship.

Inspired by game designer Mark Rosewater and theatre director Anne Bogart, his music advocates the role and experience of the player in artistic expression. Choice, interaction and agency feature heavily in his work, leading to music that grows and changes with each performance.

He has had the pleasure of collaborating with and writing for many of Australia's leading musicians such as acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, vocal ensemble Halcyon, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet, contrabass clarinettist Sue Newsome, and YouTuber and EWI player Peter Smith. These partnerships have led to multiple commissions, premieres and four portrait albums - including The Art of Disappearing in collaboration with poet Sarah Holland-Batt.

In addition to his work as a composer, Cameron also curates the Australian Art Music playlist on Spotify (published monthly in Limelight Magazine).

Cameron is proud to be an Australian Music Centre represented composer, Fine Music 102.5FM's 2018 Stephen Kruger Scholar, and featured in US publisher NewMusicShelf's recent 'Anthology of New Music for Mezzo Soprano'.

Cameron Lam — current to March 2021

Studied with

Damien Ricketson (2007 - 2010)

Michael Smetanin (2007 - 2010)

Katy Abbott (2020 - current)


Collaborated with

Chris Williams (2008 - current)

Peggy Polias (2009 - current)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2022 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Highly Commended The Splendour of Lying Naked in the Sun

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Underwriting the Palimpsest (trombone with orchestra) (2019) Commissioned by Amy McCarthy
Yggdrasil: The World Tree : concerto for contrabass clarinet and wind symphony (2017) Commissioned by Sue Newsome.
Golden Bird : for EWI and piano (2014) Arrangement commissioned by Peter Smith
Digital sheet music sample Eucalyptus : Genetic Dances : for clarinet quartet (2014) Commissioned by Sue Newsome.
Electric Phoenix : Concerto for EWI (electronic wind instrument) and orchestra (2012) Commissioned by Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.