Next week, Gil Shaham travels to the City by the Bay to play Gil Shaham Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with frequent collaborator Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (June 12-15). It was with Tilson Thomas last June that Gil proved himself “an exuberantly commanding soloist,” who kindled “hot fire” (Los Angeles Times) in Stravinsky’s concerto, and when Tilson Thomas led his performance of Prokofiev’s Second with the New World Symphony, the South Florida Classical Review reported, “Shaham easily met the concerto’s virtuosic demands in a performance that banished literal routine in favor of interpretive risk.… Shaham’s light touch and flowing pulse captured the magic of one of Prokofiev’s most inspired creations and he brought plenty of sinew and fire to the more aggressive central episode.” Click here for a list of upcoming performances.
Gil Shaham plays Prokofiev with the San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
Gil Shaham returns to Carnegie Hall this weekend for performance with Bavarian Radio Symphony
Gil returns to Carnegie Hall this Sunday (May 18) to reprise his celebrated rendition of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Mariss Jansons. This season Gil is serving as Artist-in-Residence with the acclaimed orchestra. The Berg concerto is among those showcased in Gil’s “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” project, which recently yielded its first recording, 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1, featuring examples by Barber, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, and Hartmann. The New York Times heralded the double album as “the first document of a major musical project” and Gramophone magazine named the set its “Editor’s Choice.” Click here for a list of upcoming performances.
Gil Shaham to give European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto next week
Following his critically acclaimed performances of violin concertos of the 1930s in Austin, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, violinist Gil Shaham returns to contemporary music next week for the European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo at London’s Barbican Centre. The work, which was co-commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony, was partially inspired by a poem Sheng wrote in 2010 for his then-newborn daughter, Fayfay, whose name is a homonym for “to fly” in Chinese. Gil gave the world premiere of “Let Fly” this past October when he launched the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season with Detroit Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin. Click here for a full list of Gil’s upcoming performances.