Kenneth Kam is a Hong Kong guitarist and lutenist. Kenneth is based in Rochester, New York, and serves as a contributing editor to Soundboard. He is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College and on the guitar and lute faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, University of Rochester. Kenneth is also the guitar artistic director of the International Fringe Association, where he directs and organizes the International Fringe Virtual Guitar Competition since 2020.
As an active performer, Kenneth has been heard in Beijing, Malaysia, Germany, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic and Mexico. In 2018, Omar Rojas wrote a solo guitar piece, “KAM(?)”, and a piece for guitar and percussion, “OME”, both dedicated to Kenneth. In 2019, Kenneth premiered “Quinquagenary Horizon” and “Variation of ambush from ten sides”, written by Daniel Adams and Barry Wan for him respectively. In 2021, Kenneth won the Lute Scholarship for a full ride to the Lute Society of America’s 2021 Lute Festival. In 2022, Kenneth was invited to give a masterclass and two performances at the Eastern Kentucky University.
As a researcher, Kenneth has presented lectures at universities in U.S. and Canada, the 3rd Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong International Guitar Forum, College Music Society and Guitar Foundation of America. His William Walton and Miguel Llobet research have been published in Soundboard, the only quarterly print journal published by the Guitar Foundation of America in the United States, and Gendai Guitar, a classical guitar specialized monthly magazine in Japan since 1967.
Kenneth performs with the Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble and Eastman School of Music Collegium Musicum, and he is a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Paul O’Dette and Nicholas Goluses, specializing in guitar and historical plucked instruments, including the Renaissance lute, the theorbo and the Baroque guitar.
For more information, please visit kennethkam.wordpress.com.
Eastman School of Music, D.M.A. Candidate in Classical Guitar
Eastman School of Music, M.M. in Early Music
Florida State University, M.M. in Classical Guitar
Hong Kong Baptist University, B.A.
MUS 112 World Music;
MUS 105 Intro to Music;
MUS 323 Coll/Comm Orchestra;
MUS 323 Guitar Ensemble;