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“Shaham’s tone is clear and sweet."  —Chicago Sun Times


Recognized by audiences and critics alike both at home and abroad as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, Gil Shaham appears worldwide performing concertos with celebrated orchestras and conductors and making ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Shaham gave a series of all-Bach recitals last season, including performances in London, Istanbul, Milan, Prague and Cologne amongst others. His 2009-11 seasons were marked by several projects. His “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” highlighting masterpieces by influential composers of the ‘30s, featured performances of works by Barber, Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Walton with a “who’s who” list of great conductors and orchestras on three continents, including Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson-Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the New York Philharmonic, and Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Among Shaham’s more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs are best sellers that have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Shaham’s recent recordings, produced for his own label Canary Classics, include the Haydn Concertos and Mendelssohn Octet performed with the Sejong Soloists and a recording of works by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Alejandro Posada. 

Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved to Israel with his parents at the age of seven, began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music and was granted annual scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He made debuts in Jerusalem with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic in 1981. That same year he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman at Aspen. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he has worked with Ms. DeLay and Hyo Kang. He has also studied at Columbia University. Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990 and in 2008 received the coveted Avery Fisher Award. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, which is slimmer and slightly longer than other Stradivarius violins. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their two children.

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