Mihkel Kerem (born in Estonia in 1981) lives in London and is the leader of the Brandenburg Sinfonia and a section principal in the Camerata Nordica. He has also given recitals and been the soloist with several orchestras.
Mihkel Kerem is a prolific composer, with over a hundred works to his name. These include three symphonies, three concertos and numerous works for various combinations of instruments. One of his most important chamber works is the String Sextet which has been played as both a chamber and an orchestral piece. His own instrument, the violin, occupies the central position in his chamber music, and he has written three Sonatas for violin and piano as well as nine String Quartets.
Kerem started composing at an early age and finished his first violin sonata when he was 13. He studied composition in Estonia and later at the Royal College of Music in London. He has been the Composer in Residence at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival. His music has a strong emotional power and an Estonian feel, and he often approaches painful themes in works combining Minimalism, a meditative quality and a motor-like drive.
Toccata Classics has issued two CDs by Mihkel Kerem including his Symphony No. 3, the string orchestra pieces Lamento and Sextet as well as his Violin Sonatas.