Gil continues his exploration of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas on February tour

Gil turns to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Bach copyunaccompanied violin on his upcoming 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).

In Denver and Kansas City, Shaham juxtaposes Bach’s masterpieces with a contemporary American contribution to the unaccompanied violin literature: Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s Suite No. 2 for solo violin, which is one of several important new commissions written for and premiered by the violinist himself. When he played Bolcom’s suite in Boston’s Celebrity Series last season, the Boston Globe described the work as “nine character pieces leveraging Shaham’s ability to create perfectly honed moments.”

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).

This month sees Gil Shaham’s first performances as 2013-14 Artist-in-Residence at Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

This November sees Avery Fisher Prize-winnerNews-5 Gil Shaham launch a season-long partnership with Germany’s Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO). As the Grammy Award-winning orchestra’s 2013-14 Artist-in-Residence, the American master violinist will take part in multiple chamber and orchestral concerts, both in Munich and on an international tour. Over the course of three intimate evenings with the BRSO Soloists, he will perform Bach’s complete oeuvre for solo violin alongside chamber works by Prokofiev and Richard Danielpour (Nov 26), Mendelssohn’s Octet (Feb 17), and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet (June 23). In the concert hall, he will join the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under Stéphane Denève (Nov 28), Bartók’s Second with Yannick Nézet-Séguin (June 26 & 27), and Berg’s Violin Concerto conducted by BRSO Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, for two dates in Munich (Jan 16 & 17) and on tour in Paris (Jan 18) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (May 18).

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