Internationally recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical
artists, Gil Shaham is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with celebrated orchestras and conductors,
as well as for recital and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
In addition to his many orchestral engagements, he regularly tours in recital with pianist Akira Eguchi.
He enjoys musical collaborations with his family as well, including his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, his sister pianist
Orli Shaham and his brother-in-law, conductor David Robertson. In 2007, he brought together friends and colleagues on a
tour of Brahms programs, culminating in a series of three concerts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and an encore series in
Many of his recordings are bestsellers, which have earned prestigious awards including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix
du Disque, Diaposon d’or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recordings have been produced
for his own label Canary Classics: The Faure Album with Akira Eguchi, The Prokofiev Album with Orli Shaham
and Mozart in Paris.
Gil Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved to Israel with his parents at the age of 7 where
he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music, and was granted annual scholarships by the
America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, while studying with Haim Taub in Jerusalem, he made his debuts with the Jerusalem
Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. That same year, he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman at Aspen.
In 1982, he took First Prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition and became a scholarship student at Juilliard where
he worked with DeLay and Hyo Kang. He has also studied at the Columbia University. He was awarded the prestigious Avery
Fisher Career Grant in 1990.