Named Musical America's "Instrumentalist of the Year" (2012), Gil Shaham is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
He has played with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few. He pursues his "Violin Concertos of the 1930s" project, which highlights masterpieces by influential composers of that decade. In addition to his many orchestral concerts, he regularly makes recital appearances, often with his sister, pianist Orli Shaham.
His numerous recordings have earned prestigious prizes, including multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'or and Gramophone Editor's Choice. Gil Shaham has premiered pieces by contemporary composers including William Bolcom, David Bruce, Julian Milone, Bright Sheng and Avner Dorman.
Born in Illinois in 1971, he moved with his parents to Israel, where at the age of seven he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein and was granted annual scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, while studying with Haim Taub, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. That same year he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman at Aspen. In 1982, after winning first prize in Israel's Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he worked with Ms. DeLay and Hyo Kang. He has also studied at Columbia University. Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990 and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Award. He plays the 1699 Countess Polignac Stradivarius.