San Francisco Bay Area-based Duo Camaraderie is a professional flute and piano chamber ensemble featuring a variety of outstanding guest artists each season – both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as living composers. Their passion is to share classical chamber music with a wide variety of audiences of all ages in their communities, and their concert seasons include several outreach programs in accessible venues. Duo Camaraderie is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM), a non-profit service program dedicated to the support and promotion of classical chamber music.
How Duo Camaraderie began… Laura and Sharon first met in 2010 while teaching together at Crowden’s summer music program, Scrape, Squawk, and Bang. Their collaboration as a duo stemmed from a conversation about flute-piano literature in the kitchen at Crowden. After another summer of teaching young musicians together, they became friends. Through their children’s subsequent play dates, their own friendship, and their love for chamber music, they began meeting regularly for their own “play dates” to read through and explore the flute duo repertoire together.
Flutist Laura Scarlata is an active performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley, CA. In addition to performing regularly throughout the area in a variety of musical venues and roles, Laura is a founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with pianist Sharon Lee Kim, and is a member of the Merced Symphony. She has played flute and piccolo with numerous ensembles, including Modesto, Marin, and Berkeley Symphonies, Symphony Napa Valley, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods, St. Helena Chamber Singers, and Modesto Performing Arts, was the flutist in Woodminster Theater and Berkeley Playhouse productions, and was also on the substitute list of the New World Symphony. She has performed recitals and in concerts in New York, Europe, and locally, and was featured as soloist in a live performance of Saint-Saens’ “Volière” (“Aviary”) in “Carnival of the Animals” on Rochester, New York’s WXXI Classical Public Radio 91.5 FM. Laura received her undergraduate musical training at the Eastman School of Music, and continued her musical education in Vienna, Austria. After graduating with honors in German and music from the University of Rochester, she went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at San Francisco State University, where she studied with Linda Lukas, and was coached weekly by the Alexander String Quartet. Awarded a merit scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in the studio of Mark Sparks, Laura performed in the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Sinfonia, Opera, and Festival Orchestra under several renowned conductors, including Julius Rudel, David Zinman, and Robert Spano. Laura has been a performing participant in many masterclasses, including those of Julius Baker, Keith Underwood, Liisa Ruoho, Walfrid Kujala, Trevor Wye, Martha Aarons, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Alexa Still, and has studied with Linda Lukas, Caryl Mae Scott, Anne Lindblom Harrow, and Meinhart Niedermeyer, as well as Damien Bursill-Hall, Martha Aarons, Bonita Boyd, Mark Sparks, and Liisa Ruoho, among others.
A passionate teacher and frequent coach, adjudicator, guest artist, and clinician, Laura is the flute instructor and a chamber music coach on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center, as well as at the Oakland School for the Arts.
Sharon Lee Kim actively performs as collaborative pianist, vocal coach, music director, choral and vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and piano instructor. She is a frequent recitalist and has performed and recorded throughout the nation and internationally. Ms. Kim joined the Saint Mary’s College Music Faculty in the fall of 2008. She is the Assistant Director/ Accompanist of the internationally award-winning Saint Mary’s College Chamber Singers and Glee Club, winner of 2 gold medals from the largest international competition. Aside from teaching at the college, Ms. Kim is the Assistant Director of the Faculty Chamber Sunday’s Series since it’s inception in the Fall of 2013. She is the co-founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with flutist Laura Scarlata, pianist for Ensemble Ari, accompanies the San Francisco Girls Chorus, works as staff pianist San Francisco Conservatory of Music, teaches at Crowden Music Center in North Berkeley, and loves teaching piano students and vocal coaching in her private studio.
Sharon graduated with honors in music from UC Berkeley and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory where she received her Master’s degree with honors and distinction in performance in Collaborative Piano. She then furthered her studies at the conservatory to receive her Graduate Diploma. Ms.Kim’s teachers have included Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, John Greer, Barbara Shearer, and Margret Elson. During past summers, Sharon attended the Music Academy of the West, SongFest Professional Program, and Mendocino Music Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. She has participated in master classes with Mitsuko Shirai, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Pierre Vallet, Thomas Quasthoff, Warren Jones, Jonathan Feldman, Craig Smith, John Harbison and Myung-Hwa Chung.
To learn more about Sharon, please visit: www.sharonleekim.com.