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07.22.14
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
David Robertson and Gil Shaham join the NYOUSA for a summer tour
NYOUSA
07.21.14
Gil Shaham
America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S.
The New York Times
04.25.14
Gil Shaham
Review: Gil Shaham and Stéphane Denève get playful with Bartok
The Los Angeles Times
04.24.14
Gil Shaham
Five concertos that capture the Zeitgeist of a troubled decade
Limelight Magazine
03.17.14
Gil Shaham
Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week
Sinfini Music
03.12.14
Gil Shaham
Stamp of Approval for Film Composer
The Wall Street Journal
02.26.14
Gil Shaham
Violinist Gil Shaham on the irresistible lure of 1930s violin concertos
The Strad
02.24.14
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham performs sterling recital of unaccompanied Bach at Shriver Hall
The Baltimore Sun
02.24.14
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'
NPR
02.11.14
Gil Shaham
Review: CMA Masters of the Violin — Gil Shaham in three Bach solo works
ClevelandClassical.com
02.11.14
Gil Shaham
Violin master Gil Shaham conjures sublime Bach from his Stradivarius (review)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
02.04.14
Gil Shaham
Preview: CMA Masters of the Violin — a chat with Gil Shaham
ClevelandClassical.com
02.03.14
Gil Shaham
Precision from the Fiddler's Bow
ConcertoNet
01.28.14
Gil Shaham
Cleveland Orchestra shares vibrant night in musical Vienna with Naples (review)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
01.25.14
Gil Shaham
Shaham’s concerto performance golden with Cleveland Orchestra
South Florida Classical review
01.21.14
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham: One of a kind
Knight Arts
10.13.13
Orli Shaham, Gil Shaham
Review: Nigunim - Hebrew Melodies
MusicWeb International
09.18.13
Gil Shaham
String star Gil Shaham makes New Orleans debut to kick off LPO season
The Times-Picayune
06.21.13
Gil Shaham
S.F. Symphony review: 'Rite of Spring' blossoms
San Francisco Chronicle
06.21.13
Gil Shaham
Stravinsky's 'Rite' reveals it has much more spring in its step
Los Angeles Times
06.21.13
Gil Shaham
Taking on the Titan: SF Symphony, Gil Shaham and Igor Stravinsky
Stark Insider
02.20.13
Gil Shaham
‘Hebrew Melodies’ all in the Shaham family
Jewish Journal
02.11.13
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham performed the day after the blizzard at Jordan Hall.
Boston Globe
02.09.13
Gil Shaham
Violinist Gil Shaham brings Bach, Beethoven, and two premieres to Davies
San Francisco Examiner
02.07.13
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi in Celebrity Series
Boston Globe
01.29.13
Gil Shaham
Violinist Gil Shaham: For the Love of Concertos
San Francisco Classical Voice
01.26.13
Gil Shaham
Review: Shaham highlights joy and beauty of Brahms
Cincinnati Enquirer
01.19.13
Gil Shaham
Shaham made leap as violinist in London
Cincinnati Enquirer
12.15.12
Gil Shaham
Violinist leads Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Cloud 10
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
12.15.12
Gil Shaham
Symphony charms, challenges
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11.30.12
Gil Shaham
A New Work Bares Its Secrets, With Feeling
The New York Times
11.30.12
Gil Shaham
Concert Review: New Sounds from the Old School
Superconductor Classical and Opera Blog
11.29.12
Gil Shaham
New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert – Stucky and Rachmaninov – Gil Shaham plays Barber
Classical Source
11.28.12
Gil Shaham
The Sparkling American Showcase
ConcertoNet
11.24.12
Gil Shaham
Music review: Shaham dazzles in Beethoven with Robertson, SLSO
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
06.24.12
Gil Shaham
A Festival With Classical Roots and Fanciful Surroundings
The New York Times
06.21.12
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham’s Festival Season Includes Caramoor Gala, Plus Dates with Orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, L.A., and More
21C Media Group
06.01.12
Gil Shaham
London Symphony Orchestra, Tilson Thomas, Barbican Hall
the arts desk
04.22.12
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham’s Solo Bach Recital at Koerner Hall reviewed by Stanley Fefferman
Opus One Review
03.16.12
Gil Shaham
Composers Versus Tyrants in a Festival’s Conclusion
The New York Times
01.18.12
Gil Shaham
Video of Gil Shaham’s Impromptu Solo Bach Recital at the Smithsonian Is Online at NPR Music
21C Media Group
11.25.11
Gil Shaham
S.F. Symphony review: Joyous outlook on Brahms
San Francisco Chronicle
11.11.11
Gil Shaham
Shaham breathes new life into Bach
The Stanford Daily
11.10.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Plays Brahms Violin Concerto with San Francisco Symphony and with Boston Symphony in L.A.
21C Media Group
11.05.11
Gil Shaham
Music Review: New York Philharmonic, “John Williams: A Night at the Movies”
California Literary Review
11.04.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham to Receive “Instrumentalist of the Year” Award From Musical America in New York City in December
21C Media Group
11.03.11
Gil Shaham
GIL SHAHAM NAMED MUSICAL AMERICA INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Musical America.com
11.01.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham's quiet moments shine in strong collaboration
Washington Post
10.29.11
Inon Barnatan, Gil Shaham
Barnatan and Shaham communicate deeply at Strathmore
The Washington Examiner
10.16.11
Gil Shaham
Drawing Inspiration From Rilke
The New York Times
10.13.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham and Orpheus dramatic in Brahms
Lehigh Valley Music
10.06.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham’s New Season Offers Potpourri of Programming: Violin Concertos of 1930s, a Hebrew Melodies Album, and Classics by Bach & Brahms
21C Media Group
07.23.11
Gil Shaham
Review: Shaham goes deep for emotional jolt in concerto
The Aspen Times
07.22.11
Gil Shaham
Vail Valley festival violinist Gil Shaham "stuck on" 1930s music
Denver Post
07.20.11
Gil Shaham
Music review: Gustavo Dudamel's Mozart night at the Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles Times
07.12.11
Gil Shaham
Review: Shaham, Yang and Takács best of a strong Aspen music weekend
The Aspen Times
06.06.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Plays Walton’s Violin Concerto with NY Philharmonic in June
21C Media Group
05.28.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Plays with San Diego Symphony
SanDiego.com
05.27.11
Gil Shaham
Symphony closes season on fast, furious note
San Diego Union-Tribune
04.26.11
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Plays Walton and Other “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” with Orchestras of Philadelphia, New York, and Aspen
21C Media Group
03.15.11
Orli Shaham, Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Joins Orli Shaham for Jewish-Themed Violin and Piano Music at New York’s 92nd Street Y (April 16)
21C Media Group
11.05.10
Gil Shaham
Xian Zhang leads lyrical Gil Shaham, richly intricate National Symphony
Washington Post
10.07.10
Jon Kimura Parker, Gil Shaham
At the TSO, Samuel Barber is no longer edgy, but full of life
Globe and Mail
10.06.10
Jon Kimura Parker, Gil Shaham
Toronto Symphony serves up blazing birthday cake to Samuel Barber
Toronto Star
09.20.10
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham: 2010-11 season
21C Media Group
09.16.10
Gil Shaham
The SPCO live broadcasts begin this Saturday
Minnesota Public Radio
06.17.10
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Demonstrates Range with Violin Concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, and Barber at Summer Festivals from Tanglewood to London’s BBC Proms
21C Media Group
05.03.10
Gil Shaham
Shaham and co bring bustling virtuosity to Mendelssohn’s teenage masterpiece
Gramophone
04.20.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Review: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Chronicle
03.28.10
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham and Sejong Soloists Team Up for High-Spirited Recording of Two Haydn Violin Concertos and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings
21C Media Group
02.26.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
The Dubious Sounds of Nature
ConcertoNet.com
02.26.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
Sam, Gil, Bela, David, Maurice
New York Daily News
02.23.10
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham Plays More Violin Concertos of 1930s throughout Winter and Spring 2010
21C Media Group
01.30.10
Gil Shaham
PSO concert's formula equals success
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11.20.09
Gil Shaham
Gustavo Dudamel: Mozart man
The Orange County Register
11.15.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham is drawn to works from the 1930s
LA Times
11.15.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham is drawn to works from the 1930s; Violinist's repertory focuses on works by Stravinsky, Bartók, Berg, Schoenberg, Prokofiev and others who wrote in that era.
Los Angeles Times
11.05.09
Gil Shaham
LSO/MTT Gil Shaham – Berg & Schubert
Classicalsource.com
11.05.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham: The Devil’s Fiddler
Seen and Heard Interview (UK)
10.22.09
Gil Shaham
Bach: Gil Shaham (violin), Wigmore Hall, London
Seen and Heard (UK)
10.04.09
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham
Shaham’s infectious glee, violin bring joy to BPO’s opening gala
Buffalo News
09.30.09
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham
Sarasate-Virtuoso Violin Works-New CD from Gil Shaham & Adele Anthony
21C Media Group
09.25.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham steals the show; A violin virtuoso shines at the National Arts Centre
The Globe & Mail
09.16.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham’s 2009-10 Season
08.21.09
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham
SHAHAM & ANTHONY SALUTE SARASATE WITH NEW CD
06.12.09
Gil Shaham
Schubert, Berg - eloquent passion
San Francisco Chronicle
04.14.09
Jeremy Denk, Yuja Wang, Gil Shaham, Joshua Roman
YOUTUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, APRIL 15
04.09.09
Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham and Sejong at UCSB’s Campbell Hall; Classical Ensemble Performs with Immediacy, Virtuosity
Santa Barbara Independent
03.02.09
Gil Shaham
MUSIC: NSO in many moods
The Washington Times
02.20.09
Gil Shaham
Young conductor succeeds again with Cleveland Orchestra, Shaham
Cleveland Plain Dealer
01.14.09
Orli Shaham, Gil Shaham
Getting Together With Brahms
The New York Times
12.10.08
Gil Shaham
Sam Hayden: Substratum; Mozart; Messiaen: Un sourire; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
MusicalCritism.com
11.22.08
Gil Shaham
Evening of Showpieces, and One Unscripted Twist
The New York Times
11.21.08
Gil Shaham
OPUS 3 ARTISTS CONGRATULATES GIL SHAHAM ON WINNING THE 2008 AVERY FISHER PRIZE
11.21.08
Gil Shaham
Surprise! Violinist Shaham gets Avery Fisher Prize
Associated Press
11.20.08
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham
GIL SHAHAM, ADELE ANTHONY, AND ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO APPEAR ON 'LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER'
11.14.08
Gil Shaham
Energy From a Composer Can Fuel a Player’s Flight
The New York Times
11.01.08
Gil Shaham
Review: Dvorak/Tchaikovsky
Gramophone
10.07.08
Gil Shaham
Intense Colors Amid the Ethereal Melodies
The New York Times
10.03.08
Gil Shaham
Previn brings 'Owls' to the BSO
Boston Globe
09.13.08
Gil Shaham
Violin soloist carries day for DSO
Free Press
09.13.08
Gil Shaham
DSO starts season with pizzazz
Windsor Star
09.12.08
Gil Shaham
With joyful sounds, DSO celebrates new season
Detroit News
05.06.08
Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham
Championing Luminaries of Chamber Music’s Past, and Visionaries of Its Future
The New York Times
04.04.08
Gil Shaham
A Teaspoon of Melancholy Before a Cup of Good Cheer
The New York Times
03.14.08
Gil Shaham
S.F. Symphony, Shaham wow them in N.Y.
San Francisco Chronicle
03.07.08
Gil Shaham
Shaham delightfully upbeat in Schuman
San Francisco Chronicle
02.14.08
Orli Shaham, Gil Shaham
Gifted brother-sister duo Gil and Orli Shaham offers enchanting evening of classical music
Cleveland Plain Dealer
12.02.07
Gil Shaham
The Butterfly Lovers
International Record Review
12.01.07
Gil Shaham
When Expectations and Exuberance Are Both Running High
The New York Times
“The outstanding American violinist of his generation.” – Time

Avery Fisher Prize-winner Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, whose combination of flawless technique with inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. Named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” he is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

The new season sees Shaham return to one of his signature works, reprising his “brilliant, almost ecstatic performance” (Los Angeles Times) of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra during its annual Miami residency; John Adams and the Houston Symphony; James Conlon conducting the National Symphony; the symphony orchestras of St. Louis and Austin; and France’s Orchestre de Paris. He also takes his long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” – recognized by Musical America as “one of the most imaginative programming concepts in years” – into a fifth season, with performances of Bartók’s Second with the Los Angeles and Atlanta symphonies, Prokofiev’s Second with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Barber’s with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Mexico National Symphony, and Berg’s with the Berlin Radio Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Symphony in Munich, Paris, and at Carnegie Hall. With the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Singapore, and London’s BBC, Shaham gives the world, Asian, and European premieres of a new concerto by Bright Sheng. His other upcoming orchestral collaborations include dates with his longtime friend and musical partner John Williams at the Chicago Symphony. In anticipation of his next recording project, the master violinist also returns to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, taking his singular approach to these beloved works to Baltimore, Cleveland, and Italy’s Florence and Rome.

Shaham kicked off the 2012-13 season with a summer of appearances at Aspen, Tanglewood, Caramoor, the Blossom Music Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. He went on to play “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” by Barber, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, Bartók, and Prokofiev with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Baltimore, Kansas City, Montreal, the Orchestre de Paris, and Japan’s NHK Symphony. He also returned to repertory favorites with renditions of the Brahms concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony; the Beethoven with the symphony orchestras of Boston and St. Louis; and Mozart’s “Turkish” with the Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Toronto symphonies. During recital tours in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, the American master gave the world premiere of a solo suite written for him by William Bolcom, and pioneered recent commissions by Avner Dorman and Julian Milone.

Dorman’s work also forms the centerpiece of Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, a new album that Shaham recorded with his sister, pianist Orli Shaham, and released on his own Canary Classics label in June 2013. According to the Buffalo News, “Shaham’s virtuosity on this disc is of such pyrotechnic flamboyance and ferocity and the impassioned beauty so openhearted that it bids fair to be one of the greatest of Shaham’s long career and one of the greatest intimate violin recordings anyone is likely to encounter in a while.” “The Shahams achieve overwhelming heights of expressiveness,” agreed the Strad magazine. “This is a lovingly produced and presented recording of some hauntingly beautiful music from the violinist’s own label.”

Gil Shaham already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have appeared on record charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned prestigious awards, including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His recent recordings are produced on the Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004. They comprise Haydn Violin Concertos and Mendelssohn’s Octet with Sejong Soloists; Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works with Adele Anthony, Akira Eguchi and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León; Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and David Zinman; The Butterfly Lovers and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A with Yefim Bronfman and cellist Truls Mork; The Prokofiev Album and Mozart in Paris, both with Orli Shaham; and The Fauré Album with Akira Eguchi and cellist Brinton Smith. Upcoming titles include Bach’s complete works for solo violin and several installments of the “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” project.

Gil Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of seven, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, while studying with Haim Taub in Jerusalem, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. That same year he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellermann at Aspen. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he worked with DeLay and Hyo Kang. He also studied at Columbia University.

Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, which cited the “special kind of humanism” with which his performances are imbued. Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

Last updated August 2013. Contact Opus 3 Artists for the most up-to-date version.

Video Clips:
Pablo de Sarasate: Fantasia on Mozart's The Magic Flute, Op. 54 for violin and orchestra
Gil Shaham and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy Live from Lincoln Center

Beethoven Triple Concerto
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma & Gil Shaham with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic
Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Gala
Courtesy of Great Performances

Audio Clips
Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op.61-I. Allegro
Gil Shaham, Violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Conductor

Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata In A, Op. 13 - 1. Allegro Molto
Gil Shaham, Violin
Akira Eguchi, Piano

Franz Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto #1 In C, H 7A/1 - 3. Finale: Presto
Gil Shaham, Violin
Sejong Soloists

Courtesy Canary Classics