Magazine article Musical Opinion

Hagai Shaham

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Hagai Shaham

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Judith Monk investigates

Another young violinist has recently been brought to my attention. While researching features I stumbled upon a discussion board on www.Violinist.com where members were discussing whether Hagai was related to Gil Shaham: intrigued, I found out more! He's not related to Gil but he is interesting.

Twenty-eight year old Hagai Shaham is one of the more exciting young violinists to have emerged from Israel where he was a student of the late Ilona Feher.

In 1985 Shaham was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman in a Gala concert at Carnegie Hall, in honour of Isaac Stern's 65th birthday. Shortly afterwards, he made his debut as soloist at the South Bank in London, and the Montreux Festival and performed with all the major orchestras in Israel. In 1990 Shaham and his duo partner Arnon Erez won First Prize at the Munich ARD Competition in the Violin-Piano Duo category, the first competitors to be awarded First Prize since 1971. …

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