Gil brings “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” to San Francisco and Kansas City

Alban Berg Recognized as “one of the most imaginative programming concepts in years” (Musical America), Gil’s long-term exploration of iconic “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” was conceived when he realized how many outstanding 20th-century violin concertos derived from that fateful decade.  On May 31-June 2, Gil revisits Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (“To the Memory of an Angel”), a work written shortly before the composer death in 1935 with the Kansas City Symphony under its music director Michael Stern. Several weeks later, Gil returns to the San Francisco Symphony (June 18-20) and performs Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto of 1931, a prime example of the legendary Russian’s neoclassical writing, which Balanchine would later use as the score for two ballets. These concerts are yet another chapter in Gil’s rich association with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, one that spans more than two decades of collaboration and will continue this summer when the two team up on the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl (July 11).

Gil Performs the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra

No matter what repertoire he has planned for his season, Gil Print invariable always performs Brahms’s iconic Violin Concerto. After recent performances of the work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orange County Register’s Timothy Mangan declared “The Brahms was all his, easy to play it seemed, and so dashed off with a transfixing array of finesse and grit. This was probably the most rhythmically zesty account of the score that you’re ever likely to hear… . A delight.”

On May 23-25, Gil brings this violin masterpiece to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the program features works by Schumann, Jánacek, and Dvorák.

Click here to watch Gil perform the 3rd Movement of the Brahms concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbaddo.

Nigunim now available for digital download

Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, Gil and Orli Shaham’s new release, isproduct.ashx now available for digital download on canaryclassics.com. The album features works by Ernest Bloch, John Williams, and the premiere recording of Avner Dorman’s Nigunim, commissioned by the Shahams and the 92nd Street Y. Click here to purchase.