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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. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America's "Instrumentalist of the Year," 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 the acclaimed recording and performances of J.S. Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In the coming seasons in addition to championing these solo works he will join his long time duo partner pianist, Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Appearances with orchestra regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony as well as multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore. With orchestra, Mr. Shaham continues his exploration of "Violin Concertos of the 1930s," including the works of Barber, Bartok, Berg, Korngold, Prokofiev, among many others.
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. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label he founded in 2004. His CDs include 1930s Violin Concertos, Virtuoso Violin Works, Elgar's Violin Concerto, Hebrew Melodies, The Butterfly Lovers and many more. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2, including the Prokofiev's Violin Concerto and Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of 7, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, and the following year, took the first prize in Israel's Claremont Competition. He then became a scholarship student at Juilliard, and also studied at Columbia University.
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.
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Noble, charming, sober, modest. Such qualities may play a major
role in human coexistence and are certainly appreciated. However,
they are rather untypical for extraordinary personalities such as
conductors. Whatever the general public's notion of a conductor may
be, Herbert Blomstedt is an exception, precisely because he
possesses those very qualities which seemingly have so little to do
with a conductor's claim to power. The fact that he disproves the
usual clichés in many respects should certainly not lead to the
assumption that this artist does not have the power to assert his
clearly defined musical goals. Anyone who has once attended Herbert
Blomstedt's rehearsals and experienced the concentration on the
essence of the music, the precision in the phrasing of musical
facts and circumstances as they appear from the score, the tenacity
regarding the implementation of an aesthetic view, will probably
have been amazed at how few despotic measures were required to this
end. Basically, Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type
of artist whose professional competence and natural authority make
all external emphasis superfluous. His work as a conductor is
inseparably linked to his religious and human ethos, accordingly,
his interpretations combine great faithfulness to the score and
analytical precision with a soulfulness that awakens the music to
pulsating life. In the more than sixty years of his career, he has
acquired the unrestricted respect of the musical world.
Over the years, many outstanding ensembles around the globe have
been able to secure the services of this highly respected Swedish
conductor, born in the USA and educated in Uppsala, New York,
Darmstadt and Basel. At the age of ninety, Herbert Blomstedt
continues to be at the helm of all leading international orchestras
with enormous mental and physical presence, verve and artistic
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor