Gil and legendary composer John Williams team up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

For his upcoming November dates with theChicago-Symphony-Orchestra Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gil teams up with his longtime friend and musical partner John Williams. The two have been friends for more than 20 years, collaborating on countless concerts and recording projects together.  On November 8 & 9, Gil and the CSO play Williams’s Violin Concerto with the composer himself on the podium.  The following day, Gil joins the legendary film composer on a program of favorite scores, including the violin fantasy from Fiddler on the Roof and selections from Williams’s own Schindler’s List (Nov 10).

Gil plays Bach and Bolcom in Davis, CA

Many of Gil’s recital programs this season focus onOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, in anticipation of his next recording project.  Taking his singular approach to these beloved works, Gil’s first solo recital of the season takes place at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA on November 1 and pairs Bach’s Sonata No .1, Partita No. 1 and Partita No. 2 with William Bolcom’s Suite No. 2 for solo violin, a work commissioned by Music Accord for Gil.

Gil Shaham to premiere new violin concerto by Bright Sheng

Continuing his advocacy of Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 4.06.36 PM copycontemporary 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).