Gil Shaham launches innovative solo Bach project and more in 2014-15

Following his “expressive and virtuosic accounts10401520_10152892416348676_2657660589706079506_n copy of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Havanaise” and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” (Seattle Times) at the Seattle Symphony’s Parisian-themed opening-night gala, Gil Shaham tours his original interpretations of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin to Chicago’s Symphony Center, L.A.’s Disney Hall, and other leading venues, in a special multimedia collaboration with photographer David Michalek in anticipation of Shaham’s next release on his own Canary Classics label. Marking the most recent in a succession of major new commissions written expressly for him, he gives the world premiere performances of Fragile Light, a new concerto by David Bruce, with the San Diego Symphony in December. He rejoins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto, and plays Prokofiev’s Second on the orchestra’s 20th-anniversary tour at key venues including Carnegie Hall. The Prokofiev is one of the works showcased in Shaham’s long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” now entering its sixth season, which takes him back to the Philadelphia Orchestra for Berg, and to both the Berlin Radio Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra for Britten. Equally celebrated for his interpretations of the great earlier cornerstones of the violin concerto literature, his upcoming orchestral highlights include Mendelssohn in Tokyo, Canada, and Luxembourg, Brahms in Colorado, and a pair of Bach concertos with the Dallas Symphony. Whether in new commissions, creative programming, or canonical masterworks, Shaham – a Musical America “Instrumentalist of the Year” – remains “one of today’s preeminent violinists” (New York Times).

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Gil Shaham plays Prokofiev with the San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas

Next week, Gil Shaham travels to the City by the Bay to play index copyGil Shaham Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with frequent collaborator Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (June 12-15).  It was with Tilson Thomas last June that Gil proved himself “an exuberantly commanding soloist,” who kindled “hot fire” (Los Angeles Times) in Stravinsky’s concerto, and when Tilson Thomas led his performance of Prokofiev’s Second with the New World Symphony, the South Florida Classical Review reported, “Shaham easily met the concerto’s virtuosic demands in a performance that banished literal routine in favor of interpretive risk.… Shaham’s light touch and flowing pulse captured the magic of one of Prokofiev’s most inspired creations and he brought plenty of sinew and fire to the more aggressive central episode.” Click here for a list of upcoming performances.

Gil Shaham returns to Carnegie Hall this weekend for performance with Bavarian Radio Symphony

Gil returns to Carnegiecarnegie logo Hall this Sunday (May 18) to reprise his celebrated rendition of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Mariss Jansons.  This season Gil is serving as Artist-in-Residence with the acclaimed orchestra.  The Berg concerto is among those showcased in Gil’s “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” project,  which recently yielded its first recording, 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1, featuring examples by Barber, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, and Hartmann. The New York Times heralded the double album as “the first document of a major musical project” and Gramophone magazine named the set its “Editor’s Choice.”  Click here for a list of upcoming performances.

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