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21 November 2019 - 24 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ד חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Gil Shaham to play Dvořák with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as part of Asian tour E-mail

One of the most admired classical violinists of the modern era, American-Israeli artist Gil Shaham will be making a special trip to Hong Kong in June to perform for two nights with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO).

One of the most anticipated highlights of the monthly calendar, Shaham will be playing pieces from Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák.

The conductor of this unique recital will be Shanghai-born Yu Long, a highly acclaimed conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the principal guest conductor of the HKPO.

A free pre-concert talk is to be organised before the performances, which will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 21-22 June.

Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He later moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of seven. His talent was clear, and soon he was receiving annual scholarships from the AmericaIsrael Cultural Foundation.

In 1981, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. The following year, he went on to win first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition. He was then awarded a scholarship to prestigious American performing arts school, Juilliard, and went on to continue his studies at Columbia University.

The Grammy Awardwinner, also named Musical America’s ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, is coveted around the world for concerto appearances alongside leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals or appears in ensembles at the most prestigious festivals.

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