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Gil Shaham and Enigma

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Friday, October 5, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 3:00 PM
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Concert Description

“Resplendent,” raves the Los Angeles Times of Gil Shaham. “The performance of a lifetime.” Shaham plays Prokofiev’s blistering First Violin Concerto. And Leonard Slatkin opens the season with Sir Edward Elgar’s great and noble Enigma Variations, a Victorian Facebook of family and friends.


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more at leonardslatkin.com

Gil Shaham, violin   Bio

Gil Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of seven, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, while studying with Haim Taub in Jerusalem, he made 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, after taking first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he worked with DeLay and Hyo Kang. He also studied at Columbia University.

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.  Shaham lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.


ERB The Seventh Trumpet  
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1  
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme  
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5