Displaying a dazzling combination of technical brilliance
and a uniquely profound musical personality, Hagai Shaham is internationally
recognized as one of the astonishing young violinists who have emerged from
Israel in recent years. Hagai Shaham began studying the violin at age of six
and was the last student of the late renowned Professor Ilona Feher. He also
studied with Elisha Kagan, Emanuel Borok, Arnold Steinhardt and the Guarneri
In September 1990, Hagai Shaham and his duo partner, Arnon Erez, won the first
prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in the Violin-Piano
duo category, the first competitors to be awarded this coveted first prize
since 1971. His other awards include first prizes at the Ilona Kornhouser
competition, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority Young Artist competition, The
Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy competition, four Clairmont Awards, and annual
scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.
As a soloist he has performed with many of the world's major orchestras,
including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of
Ireland, Belgian National Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique Francais, Taipei,
Singapore and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, SWF Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra,
Slovak and BelgradePhilharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
under Zubin Mehta. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas
Zukerman in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, following which Zubin Mehta
invited him to perform Brahms' Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall.
In 2006 he performed once again this work under Mehta, at the Isrel
Philharmonic 70th anniversary's celebrations with cellist Misha Maisky.
Hagai Shaham is in great demand as recitalist. He regularly tours throughout
Europe, North and Central America and performing at international recital
series and festivals.
Hagai Shaham recorded for Decca International, Chandos, Biddulph, Naxos,
Classic Talent and AVIE. He records regularly for Hyperion, where his CDs
received critical acclaim.
Hagai Shaham is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv
University;His Master Classes in Europe andIsrael attract many
Together with his colleague, violinist Ittai Shapira, he is co-founder of The
Ilona Feher Foundation.