CC14-Bach cover hi-resAudiences and critics all over the world have been amazed by Gil Shaham’s innovative interpretations of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Between Gil’s live performances of the works and his new recording on Canary Classics, listeners have
been moved to revisit their expectations of these well-loved pieces.

“It was like witnessing a new chapter in violin history,” said a review from “Shaham turned these familiar works
on their head. Most violinists make concessions in Bach, based on the constraints of technique, but Shaham has reached a level
of mastery with these pieces that allowed for a great deal of experimentation… he went for a wholesale re-thinking of speed, from
the setting of basic tempos to the fitting of embellishments into impossibly tiny spaces of time.”

Other media highlights include:

“Shaham likes the way Bach’s dance music swings with the slightly faster tempos… Musically I have been finding a lot to enjoy and admire in these performances.”
– BBC Radio

“Shaham’s playing sparkles with vitality and astonishes with its technical brilliance.”
– BBC Music Magazine

“Violinist Gil Shaham has taken up Baroque-style bow and gut strings, but this is no typical period style. Long years of playing Bach’s six great solo works for violin have led Shaham to a personal and free way of playing.”
– The Financial Times

“Shaham’s playing is so clean, clear and precise, and the thought behind everything he plays so unassailable, that to listen to it is to feel safe with music …it is impossible to listen to it without having a positive artistic experience.”
– Gramophone

“His technique is flawless. He has a particular gift for ending each movement: thoughtful, and in apt conclusion as to what has gone before.”
– The Observer

Gil kicks off the new year with Bach

In the upcoming months Gil will beBach copy touring the United States, showcasing his original interpretations of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin. The tour will begin at the Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland (1/16) and will make stops at Symphony Center in Chicago, (3/1), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas (3/20), Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (3/29), Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, and other leading venues.

Shaham has been heralded as “capable of bringing out the mechanics and the majesty of Bach in equal measure” (Baltimore Sun). Select performances will be further enhanced through a special multimedia collaboration with photographer and video artist David Michalek.

Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.

Gil Shaham plays Prokofiev with Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall and more on San Francisco Symphony’s 20th-Anniversary Tour (Nov 12–22)

When Avery Fisher Prize-winner GilSergei_Prokofiev_02 copy Shaham performed with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony last season, he proved himself “an exuberantly commanding soloist” who succeeded in kindling “hot fire” (Los Angeles Times). Small wonder then, that the American master violinist is the only soloist chosen to accompany MTT and the orchestra on their upcoming 20th-anniversary national tour. Together they will present Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto – one of those featured in Shaham’s celebrated long-term exploration of the “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” – at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Nov 20), marking the violinist’s only appearance at the venue this season, as well as at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Miami’s Arsht Center, and the university campus of Ann Arbor (Nov 12–22).