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).

New season sees Gil collaborate on Korngold, Bright Sheng premieres, and more, with 20 orchestras on three continents

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 3.47.50 PMThe 2013-14 season takes Gil to collaborations with the world’s foremost orchestras – from the National Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony to the BBC Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and more – with such preeminent conductors as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mariss Jansons, John Adams, and James Conlon, in repertoire ranging from the concertos of Brahms and Tchaikovsky to 20th-century classics by Bartók, Berg, Prokofiev, and Korngold; the film music of John Williams; and the world, Asian, and European premieres of a new commission from Bright Sheng. Beyond the concert hall, the master violinist – named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” – gives his signature solo Bach recitals on tour in the U.S. and Italy in anticipation of his next recording project. Visit Gil’s schedule for a full list of performances.

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