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Gil Shaham


About this Artist

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. Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, New World Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, in residencies with the Montreal Symphony and Carolina Performing Arts, and on an extensive North American tour with The Knights, to celebrate the release of Violin Concertos of the 1930s, Vol. 2. Shaham has also toured Bach’s complete unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to London’s Wigmore Hall and key North American venues (including Walt Disney Concert Hall) in a special multimedia collaboration with photographer/video artist David Michalek.

Shaham already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His recent recordings are issued on his own Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004, and include Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies; Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works; Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony; and Bach’s complete works for solo violin. A passionate advocate for new music, Shaham has also premiered works by composers including William Bolcom, David Bruce, Avner Dorman, Julian Milone, and Bright Sheng.

Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

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