Gil Shaham Plays Walton’s Violin Concerto with NY Philharmonic in June
This spring, violinist Gil Shaham has made William Walton’s Violin Concerto central to his long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” touring it across America to resounding critical applause. His account of this technically demanding work with the Houston Symphony was “a goose-bump experience – an event to remember” (Houston Chronicle); with the Philadelphia Orchestra, “Shaham was in fighting form, treating the opening with an unusual tenderness” (Philadelphia Inquirer); with the Milwaukee Symphony, “he grinned and bobbed with the music, apparently having a ball, as he reeled off one astonishment after another” (Third Coast Digest). Reunited with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, he “countered the work’s humidity with his innate ebullience, cutting over the moist, rich strings with a knife-edge of sound” (Washington Post). The reviewer went on to describe the concert as “one of the best I’ve heard from the orchestra in years.” Now the Israeli-American virtuoso brings Walton’s masterpiece home to New York with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, for three performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (June 16-18).