Gil Shaham plays Korngold Concerto with Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on March 16

For the past two decades, Avery Fisher Prize-winner Gil Shaham Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 4.29.51 PMhas proven himself one of the foremost exponents of Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “brilliant, almost ecstatic,” his way with the work is such that when the Vienna Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta bring the quintessentially Viennese classic to Carnegie Hall on March 16, it is Shaham – an American – who is their soloist of choice. The Korngold also serves as the vehicle for the master violinist’s upcoming collaborations with the National Symphony under James Conlon at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (April 10-12); the Houston Symphony led by John Adams (Jan 31–Feb 2); the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, during their annual Miami residency (Jan 24-27); the symphony orchestras of St. Louis (March 21 & 22) and Austin (April 4 & 5); and the Orchestre de Paris in France (Feb 19). Beyond the concert hall, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin also figure prominently in Shaham’s winter programming, which includes solo recital tours of the U.S. and Italy, with dates in Kansas City, MO (Feb 5), Cleveland, OH (Feb 6), Denver, CO (Feb 9), and Baltimore, MD (Feb 23), as well as in Rome (Feb 14) and Florence (Feb 15).