"One of today's preeminent violinists."
~ The New York Times
Gil Shaham, Violin
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award winner, also named Musical America's 'Instrumentalist of the Year,' is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world's great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
Highlights of recent years include the acclaimed recording and performances of J.S. Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In the coming seasons, in addition to championing these solo works, Shaham will join his longtime duo partner pianist Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Appearances with orchestras regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and San Francisco Symphony as well as multi-year residencies with the orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore.
Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple awards, including Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'Or, and Gramophone Editor's Choice. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label Shaham founded in 2004. His CDs include 1930s Violin Concertos, Virtuoso Violin Works, Elgar's Violin Concerto, Hebrew Melodies, The Butterfly Lovers and many more. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2, including Prokofiev's Violin Concerto and Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named 'Instrumentalist of the Year' by Musical America. He plays the 1699 Countess Polignac Stradivarius and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.
Akira Eguchi, Piano
Since making his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1992, Mr. Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe and the Far East. His appearances in the U.S. include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has also performed at Musikverein in Vienna, Barbican Centre in London, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Herkulessaal in Munich, Tonhalle in Zurich and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Distinguished for his performances for heads of state, Mr. Eguchi played for President Clinton, presented by Isaac Stern, at the White House, and for the Emperor and Empress of Japan at Hamarikyu Ashahi Hall in Tokyo.
Mr. Eguchi has been featured in numerous tours of the United States, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, encompassing recitals and concerts with many of those countries' foremost ensembles. He is also known as a collaborative pianist for renowned violinists such as Gil Shaham, Anne Akiko Meyers, Akiko Suwanai, Kyoko Takezawa, Tamaki Kawakubo and Reiko Watanabe among others.
Currently, 45 disks are available from Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Denon, Marquis Classics, Victor, IDC, BMG, Kosei Publishing, Canary/Vanguard, AVEX, Octavia and NYS Classics, including 11 solo albums, most of which have been selected as 'The best newly released album of the month' from Recording Arts Magazine. Mr. Eguchi is privileged to be using the legendary New York Steinway piano,model CD75 (1912), which Maestro Vladimir Horowitz played at his concerts from the late 1970s until 1983. currently owned by Takagi Klavier of Tokyo.
As an active composer, Mr. Eguchi's arrangements of Gershwin Piano Selections were published by Zen-On Publishing Company, and the piano trio version of Faure's Après un rêve was published by International Music Company.
Born in 1963 in Tokyo, Mr. Eguchi received his bachelor's degree in composition from Tokyo National University of the Fine Arts and Music (renamed Tokyo University of the Arts) and a master's degree in piano performance from The Julliard School. He has studied piano with Herbert Stessin, Samuel Sanders, Hitoshi Toyama and Akiko Kanazawa, and composition with Shin Sato, Akira Kitamura and Ichiro Mononobe.He was a faculty member at CUNY Brooklyn College until spring 2011. Currently, he lives in New York and Tokyo, serving as an associate professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He also teaches at Senzoku-Gakuen Music College in Japan as a guest professor.
|Praeludium and Allegro (In the Style of Pugnani)
|Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)
|The Singing Turk: Sonata #2 for Violin and Piano
Sù la sponda
O vous, que Mars rend invincible
|Scott Wheeler (b. 1952)
|Nigunim (Sonata No. 3)
|Avner Dorman (b. 1975)
|Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006
Gavotte en Rondeau
Menuet I, Menuet II
|Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
|Sonata in A Major C
Allegretto ben moderato
Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
Allegretto poco mosso
|César Franck (1822–1890)
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$150 Premium (includes post-concert reception with the artists) | $100 General Public | $90 Members and J-Pass Holders
Contact: Ilanit Gal | (650) 223-8649 | [email protected]