Gil Shaham launches innovative solo Bach project and more in 2014-15

Following his “expressive and virtuosic accounts10401520_10152892416348676_2657660589706079506_n copy of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Havanaise” and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” (Seattle Times) at the Seattle Symphony’s Parisian-themed opening-night gala, Gil Shaham tours his original interpretations of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin to Chicago’s Symphony Center, L.A.’s Disney Hall, and other leading venues, in a special multimedia collaboration with photographer David Michalek in anticipation of Shaham’s next release on his own Canary Classics label. Marking the most recent in a succession of major new commissions written expressly for him, he gives the world premiere performances of Fragile Light, a new concerto by David Bruce, with the San Diego Symphony in December. He rejoins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto, and plays Prokofiev’s Second on the orchestra’s 20th-anniversary tour at key venues including Carnegie Hall. The Prokofiev is one of the works showcased in Shaham’s long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” now entering its sixth season, which takes him back to the Philadelphia Orchestra for Berg, and to both the Berlin Radio Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra for Britten. Equally celebrated for his interpretations of the great earlier cornerstones of the violin concerto literature, his upcoming orchestral highlights include Mendelssohn in Tokyo, Canada, and Luxembourg, Brahms in Colorado, and a pair of Bach concertos with the Dallas Symphony. Whether in new commissions, creative programming, or canonical masterworks, Shaham – a Musical America “Instrumentalist of the Year” – remains “one of today’s preeminent violinists” (New York Times).

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