With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

“Yet the highlight of the evening was the return of an old CSO friend, Gil Shaham, who provided the most consistent rewards as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.”

“There are few violinists before the public whose engaging personality informs their music-making as much as the Urbana native. Shaham’s ebullient presence is well-suited to Mendelssohn’s concerto, arguably the most beloved work in the genre.”
—Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, December 1, 2017

“Shaham’s pure, highly focused tone consistently underlined the lyrical element, treating the opening pages of the central theme and variations as a hushed reverie. Yet he also put across the bravura sections with bristling intensity, and the chromatic astringency was also manifest in Mälkki’s robust, punchy accompaniment. The contrasting sections of the finale always seem to come around one time too many but Shaham and Mälkki made the strongest case for this music, ratcheting up the tension to a blazing coda.”
—Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, April 1, 2016