Continuing his advocacy of contemporary composition, Gil presents the debut an important new addition to the orchestral repertoire when he gives the world, Asian, and European premieres of a new concerto by Chinese-American composer, MacArthur Fellow Bright Sheng. Gil launches the Detroit Symphony’s new season with the work’s first performances under the leadership of music director Leonard Slatkin (Oct 4-6), before reprising it with the Singapore Symphony and its music director, Lan Shui (Jan 4) , and again with London’s BBC Symphony and its chief conductor designate, Sakari Oramo (May 9).
Gil Shaham to premiere new violin concerto by Bright Sheng
New season sees Gil collaborate on Korngold, Bright Sheng premieres, and more, with 20 orchestras on three continents
The 2013-14 season takes Gil to collaborations with the world’s foremost orchestras – from the National Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony to the BBC Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and more – with such preeminent conductors as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mariss Jansons, John Adams, and James Conlon, in repertoire ranging from the concertos of Brahms and Tchaikovsky to 20th-century classics by Bartók, Berg, Prokofiev, and Korngold; the film music of John Williams; and the world, Asian, and European premieres of a new commission from Bright Sheng. Beyond the concert hall, the master violinist – named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” – gives his signature solo Bach recitals on tour in the U.S. and Italy in anticipation of his next recording project. Visit Gil’s schedule for a full list of performances.
Gil’s summer continues with high profile performances of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky concertos.
Gil takes two towering masterworks of the violin literature to the nation’s foremost orchestras this summer, performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic (July 26), Philadelphia Orchestra (Aug 7), and Boston Symphony (Aug 9), as well as playing Tchaikovsky’s with both the Cleveland Orchestra (Aug 3) and Chicago Symphony (Aug 4). These high-profile engagements continue a busy summer that included the release of Gil’s new album, Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, and his annual residency at the Aspen Music Festival.