Gil Shaham was born in 1971 in Illinois and grew up in Israel, where he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music. He made his debut at age ten with the Jerusalem Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, and he studied with Dorothy DeLay, first at Aspen and later at Juilliard.
Recent season highlights include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, New World Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, residencies with the Montreal Symphony and Carolina Performing Arts, and on an extensive North American tour with The Knights, to celebrate the release of Violin Concertos of the 1930s, Vol. 2. He has also toured Bach’s complete unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to London’s Wigmore Hall and key North American venues in a special multimedia collaboration with photographer/video artist David Michalek.
Mr. Shaham has recorded more than two dozen CDs, earning multiple Grammy awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, a Diapason d’Or, and a Gramophone Editor’s Choice award. His recent recordings are issued on the Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004. Mr. Shaham and his sister, pianist Orli Shaham, recently released Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, which features the world-premiere recording of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s Nigunim. Other albums on the Canary Classics label feature Mr. Shaham performing works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Fauré, and Bach’s complete works for solo violin. He has also premiered works by composers including William Bolcom, David Bruce, Avner Dorman, Julian Milone, and Bright Sheng.
Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990 and won the Avery Fisher Prize in 2008. He was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America in 2012. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius violin, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.