"Gil Shaham (born 1971) is an Israeli-American violinist.

At age 10, Shaham debuted as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, conducted by the violinist Alexander Schneider. Less than a year later Shaham performed with Israel's foremost orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, which was conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Shaham's career took off in 1989 when he was called to replace an ailing Itzhak Perlman for a series of concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. Flying to London at short notice, having had to take time out from his studies at the Horace Mann School where he was a senior, he played both the Bruch and the Sibelius concertos to glowing reviews.

In 1990 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 1992 he was awarded the Premio Internazionale of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Shaham has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. Shaham's recordings have won the Grammy Award, Grand Prix du Disques, Cannes Classical Award, Ritmo Prize and others.

Shaham plays a Stradivarius violin from the 'long pattern' period, the 'Comtesse de Polignac' of 1699. It was offered to Shaham on loan, in 1989, by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago."

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