“In a world full of outstanding violinists, Shaham is one of the few identifiable by sound and style alone.”
The New York Times
“A virtuoso and a player of deeply intense sincerity…. One of today’s pre-eminent violinists.”
“…among the most inspired violinists of his generation.”
The San Francisco Chronicle
“Shaham’s mastery has only grown more profound…”
The Financial Times
“Shaham delivered it like a whirling dervish, with an array of exotic colours that embraced this long concerto’s sweetness, its inwardness and folkloric bravura.”
“Shaham played the Brahms Violin Concerto, fueled by the sort of energy and passion that lifts a performance far above the notes on the page…wholly unexpected, ravishing playing.”
The Denver Post
“Gil Shaham delivered the finest performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto I’ve ever experienced.”
South Florida Classical Review
“With guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado on the podium, Shaham gave a performance of [Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the New World Symphony] the 1938 concerto that expressed all of its breadth, from its Romantic melodies to its modernistic rhythms and sizzling virtuosity…He powered through the runs and chords of one of the most difficult concertos in the repertory with astonishing speed and accuracy, while giving these passages an electric energy.”
The Chicago Sun-Times
“Shaham’s tone is clear and sweet, and he plays with quiet but unmistakable ardor. There is a seamless flow to his performance, a sense of propulsion fueled by both thoughtful concentration and a willingness to let the music take flight.”
“nothing is unplayable for Gil Shaham. His technique is flawless, his understanding is deep, and his physical movements–sometimes resembling a restaurant fiddler as he sashays from one side of the stage to the other…”
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time: his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin and recitals with his long time duo partner pianist, Akira Eguchi. He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and in multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore.
Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008, received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.