Home » Artists » Butterfly Lovers Concerto

Gil Shaham: Bio

Gil Shaham is internationally recognized as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging artists. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with celebrated orchestras and conductors, as well as for recital and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Gil has recently appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Dallas Symphony orchestras, and outside the USA with the leading orchestras of Rome, Florence, Birmingham, Prague, Paris and London. In addition he will join The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields as leader and soloist on the orchestra's US tour.

In addition to his many orchestral engagements Mr. Shaham regularly tours in recital with pianist Akira Eguchi. He has the good fortune to enjoy musical collaboration with his family as well, including his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, his sister pianist Orli Shaham and his brother-in-law, conductor David Robertson. Among his more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs are a number of best-sellers, appearing on record charts in the US and abroad. These recordings have earned prestigious awards including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'or and Gramophone
Editor's Choice.

Mr. Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where at the age of 7 he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music and was granted annual scholarships by 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 Ellerman at Aspen. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel's Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he worked with Ms. DeLay and Hyo Kang. He has also studied at Columbia University.

Gil Shaham was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990. He plays the 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their two children. Lan Shui

Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and many noted critics as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging classical artists. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with celebrated orchestras as well as for recital and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Gil Shaham won a Grammy Award for his 1998 recital album "American Scenes" with Andr Previn at the piano. His most recent release is "The Faur Album" (Canary Classics/Artemis Classics), featuring the first violin sonata (with pianist Akira Eguchi) and several shorter works. Other recent releases are "Schubert for Two" with guitarist G ran S llscher; a Brahms disc with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic; John Williams' "Treesong" with the Boston Symphony; Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" with Myung-Whun Chung, Mischa Maisky and Paul Meyer; and "Devil's Dance," a disc of showpieces with pianist Jonathan Feldman. His 1999 recording of Bartok's Second Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony earned two
Grammy nominations.

During the 2003-04 season Mr. Shaham toured Europe with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas (both at Davies Hall and Carnegie Hall) and with the Philharmonia and Bavarian Radio orchestras, among other ensembles. His recital schedule featured performances in Paris, Milan, Brussels, Madrid and New York (Avery Fisher Hall), as well as performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Gil Shaham has recorded concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Paganini, Saint-Sa ns, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius with Giuseppe Sinopoli leading the Philharmonia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic; Wieniawski's Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" with Lawrence Foster and the London Symphony; and solo discs devoted to music by Schumann, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Ravel, Franck, Kreisler, Paganini, Saint-Sa ns and Sarasate (for Deutsche Grammophon). Other recordings include two collaborations with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and "Romances for Violin and Orchestra"; "Paganini for Two" with guitarist G ran S llscher; "Dvorak for Two" with his sister, Orli; "The Fiddler of the Opera," transcriptions of opera arias; two concerto discs with Andre Previn and the London Symphony, the Barber and Korngold concertos and the Prokofiev concertos, both nominated for Grammy Awards; and "Meeting in Moscow," a pairing of the Kabalevsky and Glazunov concertos, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra.

Mr. Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. In 1973 he moved with his parents to Israel, where at the age of 7 he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music and was immediately granted annual scholarships by 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 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 the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990. He plays the 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius and lives in New York City with his wife, the violinist Adele Anthony,
and son, Elijah.

1 Adagio Cantabile  
2 Allegro  
3 Adagio Assai Doloroso  
4 Pesante - Piu Mosso - Duramente  
5 Lagrimoso  
6 Presto Resoluto  
7 Adagio Cantabile  
8 Allegro Moderato  
9 Canzonetta: Andante  
10 Finale: Allegro Vivacissimo  
Gang Chen / Zhanhao He The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Gil Shaham on Sibelius' Violin Concerto
Gil Shaham on Violin Concertos in the 1930s

Gil Shaham's love affair with the 'Butterfly Lovers' Concerto extends back over fifteen years, and it is only now that the opportunity has arisen to document this rewarding work to disc. Gil is an enthusiastic exponent of this concerto, having performed it in concert in the United States, Europe and Asia.

13 New 'ON' this week: 60 'Total'
SYND:
CPRN, PRI: Classical 24
Direct: DMX:Symphonic, Worldspace:Maestro
Markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Salt Lake, Memphis, Omaha