Born in Connecticut, though now living in London, violinist, Miriam Kramer won the United Kingdom's Jewish Performer of the Year 1995. Her grandfather was a Cantor and two of her uncles were concert violinists. Coupling these musical genes with the encouragement of violinist, Henryk Szeryng, who straightaway recognized her talent, she began her studies at the age of four. Three years later, she gave her first public performance of the Mozart G. Major Concerto.
A culminating point in the career of the brilliant young American violinist, Miriam Kramer, was at the Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center where she recently gave her debut recital. A rapturous review from THE NEW YORK TIMES said that Miriam was, “a gifted young violinist who proved a soulful performer showing flair and temperament, fine sensitivity and warmth.”
Having performed with orchestra most of the standard concerti, her concerts have been greeted with similar accolades for performances from Bach to Bloch and Brahms to Shostakovich in such halls as the Theatre Champs Elysees with Phillipe Herreweghe, Barbican Hall with Adrian Leaper, Queen Elizabeth Hall with David Josefowitz and Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center with Alexander Schneider. Her many recitals have taken her to Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, the London Palladium, the Purcell Room, the Swaledale and Ryedale Festivals, and the Dartington Festival where, in addition to master classes and solo recitals, she performed as soloist with the Dartington Festival Orchestra under the baton of Diego Masson, the brilliant and neglected work, Cantillations, by Minna Keal.
At Dartington, Miriam played the chamber music of Bernhard Goldschmidt, a composer suppressed by the Third Reich. Her colleagues in this endeavor included clarinetist, David Campbell, violist, Peter Sulski, and cellist, David Kenedy. In a second evening of chamber music, she performed the Barton Contrasts with pianist, Stephen Kovacevich, and clarinetist Alan Hacker.
Miriam’s debut recital at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall drew further praise from the critics. STRAD magazine stated, “the intensity and rich allure of Kramer’s performance was nothing short of spellbinding.” A re-engagement with great success followed.
Miriam has broadcasted with the BBC Concert Orchestra as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto, on Classic FM, Radio 3, Radio Prague, Paris Radio Classique, and on BBC-TV. Miriam’s debut recording HEBREW MELODY drew praise from Henry Roth – “a violinist of superior talent, an exceptionally sensitive interpreter, and a phrase maker of uncommon expressivity.” Her latest Naxos recording, THE VIOLIN MUSIC OF ERNEST BLOCH, won 5stars in BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE and Editor’s Choice in GRAMOPHONE.
Recently, Miriam led a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet on Radio 3. She has just completed a tour of the Benelux with the Beethoven Academie Orchestra of Belgium and performed a recital in Luxembourg at the invitation of the British Ambassador. The critic for that concert entitled her review – “An Evening Infused With Musical Grace” and wrote, “Miriam Kramer captivated the public with her inspired and tumultuous playing.” A tour in the States included a guest performance at the Israeli Music and Film Festival – Artbeat of Israel – and an invitation-only gala fund raiser recital, Guest teacher and performer at the Benslow Trust, a recital at the Blackheath Concert Halls, a concerto performance of the Saint-Saens Concerto, and re-engagement recitals at the Guildford and Exeter Festivals were part of this past Spring’s concert events in the UK while six performances on the QE2 took Miriam to Los Angeles, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Auckland. A second set of celebrity cruise recitals included Melbourne, Tasmania, and Sydney.
Miriam has a large following for her interpretation of Jewish and Jewish-American music in addition to her vast repertoire from the classical, romantic, and contemporary period. Her versatility is endless and her concerts are wide-ranging including jazz, crossover, and folk music alongside the more standard works. She is also interested in the work of living composers and champions the revival of forgotten and neglected works. This spring, Miriam was guest violinist in the performance of a new work, which was written by the Greek composer, Leo Cottakis, and took place at the Egyptian Embassy in Athens. A recent appearance at the Oxford Literary Festival featured a violin and piano performance of Gershwin's American in Paris. A second performance was given at the Dover Arts Club, London.
An avid chamber musician, Miriam is a founding member of the piano trio, Tutti Solisti, with cellist Deborah Netanel and pianist Steven Aldredge.