Gil Shaham

Biography

Born: February 19, 1971; USA  
Violinist Gil Shaham entered the international spotlight in the 1990s as one of several young solo violinists vying for the attention of audiences the world over. Aided by positive publicity and an enviable recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Shaham proved with performances as a recitalist and through guest appearances with major orchestras that he was an artist beyond the need for public relations buildup -- an artist whose musical Read more gifts would assure him an ongoing presence among the world's leading string players.
At the age of two, Shaham moved with his parents from Illinois to Israel, where, at the age of seven, he began studies with Samuel Bernstein at the Rubin Academy of Music. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded the first of a series of annual scholarships granted through the American Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, he made debuts with both the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony. The following year, he placed first in the Claremont Competition in Israel and left to enter the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a scholarship student and, later, to attend Columbia University. Eight years later, in 1990, Shaham was given the Avery Fisher Career Grant, preparatory to embarkining on a performing career.
His relationship with Deutsche Grammophon has produced a number of distinguished recordings, two of them Grammy nominees and another (a solo disc with pianist André Previn) a Grammy winner. In September 1998, he undertook a tour of mainland China which included performances with principal orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai.
During the 1998-1999 season, Shaham participated in a two-week series of concerts by Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra devoted to the music of Béla Bartók. Resulting from this mini festival was a recording holding Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as the two Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra. For Deutsche Grammophon, Shaham has recorded the violin concertos of Bruch, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky, with the late Giuseppe Sinopoli directing the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. His Grammy-nominated coupling of the Barber and Korngold concertos was done in collaboration with André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, as was a disc offering the First and Second Prokofiev concertos, also a Grammy nominee.
Among the composers represented on his solo discs are Elgar, Franck, Kreisler, Ravel, Schumann, and Strauss. Best-selling collections have included Dvorák for Two, recorded with accompaniment by Shaham's sister, pianist Orli Shaham, and Paganini for Two performed with guitarist Göran Söllscher. Also achieving remarkable sales volume was a DG recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Shaham's Grammy-winning disc with pianist André Previn included a new sonata written by Previn for his violinist collaborator. In the summer of 2001, Deutsche Grammophon released a recording featuring Gil Shaham performing John Williams' Violin Concerto with the composer conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Shaham settled in New York with his wife, the violinist Adele Anthony. The instrument he has played for his recordings and public performances is a Stradivarius, the 1699 "Countess Polignac." The artist's playing is marked by a warm, flowing tone allied with a strong and comprehensive technique. Shaham has continued to prove himself a violinist more concerned with musical values than with showmanship. His seriousness as a musician has made him a favored partner for many of the world's leading conductors, and other instrumentalists have been eager to collaborate with him in chamber music performances. Read less
Mozart: Violin Sonatas / Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham
Release Date: 06/20/2006   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2055188   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No 9 / Shaham, Abbado
Release Date: 01/26/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2051958   Number of Discs: 1
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Discovering Masterpieces - Brahms: Violin Concerto / Shaham
Release Date: 02/23/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2056078   Number of Discs: 1
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    Music To Drive Away Loiterers / Gil Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Akira Eguchi,  Orli Shaham,  Adele Anthony
    Conductor:  Alejandro Posada,  Lan Shui,  Arvo Volmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Sejong Soloists
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    1930s Violin Concertos Vol 1 - Barber, Hartmann, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten / Gil Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Alban Berg,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
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    Gil Shaham - Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999902 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Gil Shaham,  Orli Shaham
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert / Mehta, Barenboim
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2012744 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ariel Shamai,  Maxim Vengerov,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies / Gil Shaham, Orla Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Bonime,  Joseph Achron,  Avner Dorman,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Orli Shaham,  Gil Shaham
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    Part: Tabula Rasa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001767102 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Erik Risberg,  Adele Anthony,  Roger Carlsson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Serenity: The Beauty Of Arvo Part
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001730902 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Gil Shaham,  Gidon Kremer,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Neeme Järvi,  Nigel Short,  Antony Pitts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    First Choice: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001663102 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartok
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660402 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Nigel Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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    Beethoven: Complete Concertos / Pollini, Kremer, Shaham [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001607002 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Pascal Gallois,  Patrick Gallois  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No 9 / Shaham, Abbado [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051954 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Gil Shaham Plays Wieniawski, Saint-Saens & Sarasate
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459056 Release Date: 11/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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    Haydn: Violin Concertos; Mendelssohn: Octet
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Sejong Soloists
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    Discovering Masterpieces - Brahms: Violin Concerto / Shaham
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056078 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No 9 / Shaham, Abbado
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051958 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works / Shaham, Anthony
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Adele Anthony,  Akira Eguchi
    Conductor:  Alejandro Posada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Castille and Leon Symphony Orchestra
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    Discovering Masterpieces - Romantic Masterpieces
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057358 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Frank-Michael Erben,  Gil Shaham,  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Amparo
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001256702 Release Date: 02/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Maurice Ravel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Lee Ritenour,  Renée Fleming,  Gil Shaham  ... 
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    Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor Op. 61 / Shaham, Zinman, Chicago So
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Essential Mozart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057278 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Katharina Kammerloher,  Daniela Bruera,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bertrand De Billy,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio Op 50 / Bronfman, Shaham, Mork
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Gil Shaham
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    Mozart In Paris -  Six Sonatas / Gil And Orli Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Orli Shaham,  Gil Shaham
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    Prokofiev: Works For Violin And Piano / Gil And Orli Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Orli Shaham
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