Gil Shaham has been one of my favorite living concert violinists for nearly a decade. I first discovered him when I was studying the Barber Violin Concerto and relied heavily on his recording to help me learn the piece. Since then, I have loosely followed his career, performances, and recordings. What I love so much about him, in addition to his supreme technical ability and expressive musicality, is that whether he is playing or talking about the violin he always seems relaxed and truly joyful about his work. He loves playing the violin!
So, today I wanted to share a recording of Gil Shaham rehearsing the Brahms Violin Concerto with Orchestra de Paris. His facial expressions alone are worth watching!