Hailed for his thrilling virtuosity, lustrous tone and profound artistic expression, Hagai Shaham is internationally recognized as one of the most exciting Israeli violinists. Shaham was a student of the renowned Professor Ilona Feher. He continued his studies with Emanuel Borok, Arnold Steinhardt and the Guarneri Quartet. Shaham’s awards include first prizes at the ARD Munich Competition, Ilona Kornhauser competition, Israel Broadcasting Authority Competition, Clairmont and America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s Awards.
As a soloist he performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, English Chamber, SWF and Rheinische Phil, Prague Philharmonic and Radio orchestras, Slovak and Belgrade philharmonics, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore and KBS Seoul Symphony, Sao Paulo, Jerusalem and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. He performed with Israel Philharmonic as a soloist together with Misha Maiski and Mehta at the orchestra’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
Mr. Shaham has performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Pleyel, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Musikverein, Zurich Tonhalle. Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Schleswig-Holstein, Reingau, Bad Kissingen, Bodensee, Montpellier, Cerventino, Kuhmo, Casals and Israel Festivals.
Hagai Shaham recorded 30 albums for Hyperion, Nimbus, Avie, Chandos, EMI, Naxos and Decca which have been enthusiastically received by international press.
He is a member of the Shaham-Erez-Wallfisch trio, which performed on major stages in Europe, N. America and Israel. The trio records for Nimbus Recordings (UK).
Hagai Shaham is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and an Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University, New York. Together with violinist Ittai Shapira, he is a co-founder of the Ilona Feher Foundation for promoting young Israeli violinists.