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Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United
Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain's most distinguished
Following his recent appearances with the New York and Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal and Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestras and the Cleveland Orchestra, Maestro Mena's
North America 2015-6 season includes return visits to New York,
Baltimore, Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati.
His worldwide highlights this season include his debut with the
Berlin Philharmonic and a tour of China and South Korea with the
BBC Philharmonic, as well return visits to the Danish National
Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras,
the Spanish National Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic
A guest of international festivals, Maestro Mena has appeared at
the Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the
Hollywood Bowl, Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood and La Folle
Journée (Nantes). He recently led the BBC Philharmonic on two tours
of Europe and Spain, including performances in Cologne, Frankfurt,
Munich, Vienna and Madrid, and performs with them every year at the
BBC Proms in London.
Throughout Europe, Juanjo Mena has worked with many prestigious
orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre
National du Capitole de Toulouse, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra
Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale
della RAI in Turin, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic,
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish
National Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Orchestra, as well as with all the major orchestras in Spain.
His operatic work includes The Flying Dutchman,
Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos,
Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung and
productions including Eugene Onegin in Genoa, The
Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne and Billy Budd in
He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic,
including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, which was a BBC
Music Magazine Recording of the Month, Gabriel Pierné, which
was a Gramophone Editor's Choice, and recent releases of
music by Montsalvatge, Weber and Turina which have gained excellent
reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a
collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony
Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed rendering of
Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Juanjo Mena's Messiaen
interpretation is said to "utterly redefine the terms under which
past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged". (Gramophone,
Juanjo Mena, conductor
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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.
Gil Shaham, violin