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Jan. 24, 2008

Hancher presents Gil and Orli Shaham Feb. 10 in Clapp Recital Hall

The sibling duo of pianist Orli Shaham (photo, left) and violinist Gil Shaham (photo, right) will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the University of Iowa Clapp Recital Hall.

The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata in D Major, K. 306 (300i); Two Movements from "Pelléas et Melisande" by Gabriel Fauré; Karol Szymanowski's "Mythes," op. 30; Rhapsody No. 2 by Béla Bartók; and Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Major, op. 94a.

Gil Shaham will be returning to the UI, where he conducted the Academy of Ancient Music in Hancher, and the Feb. 10 concert will be the UI debut of his younger sister, Orli.

Gil Shaham gave his highly acclaimed debut at the age of 10 as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and less than a year later he performed with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. In 1982 he won first prize in the Claremont Competition and was admitted to the Juilliard School in New York, where he also studied at Columbia University in New York.

During the 1988/89 season, he stepped in on short notice for Itzhak Perlman in a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas at which he performed concertos by Bruch and Sibelius. In 1990 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and his debut recital at Carnegie Hall came in 1992.

1993 saw the release of his recording of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky violin concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Giuseppe Sinopoli, which received a Grammy nomination, and his recording of violin concertos by Barber and Korngold with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn won the Cannes Classical Music Award.

The Shaham's "Dvorák for Two" won Grand Prix du Disque in 1997, and an album of works by Copland, Gershwin, Previn and Barber in which Gil Shaham was joined by André Previn at the piano won a Grammy in Grammy 1999.

Orli Shaham has quickly established an international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. She has performed numerous times with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the Saint Louis Symphony, with whom she appeared in her Carnegie Hall debut. Festival appearances include regular visits to the Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Caramoor and Spoleto festivals.

She is passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences, and in 2005 she began an on-going collaboration with Classical Public Radio Network as the host of "Dial-a-Musician," a feature she created especially for the radio network. The concept of the program is to enhance listeners' experiences of music and musicians.

During the feature she directs listeners' questions about classical music to fellow musicians -- literally dialing them up for the correct answer. Her more than 60 guests have included composer John Adams, pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel, and superstar sopranos Natalie Dessay and Christine Brewer.

In October 2002, she was an artist-in-residence on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," where she participated in numerous interviews and solo performances. She has appeared on Robert Kapilow's "What Makes it Great?" series in New York and Boston, has taught music literature at Columbia University, and contributed articles to Piano Today, Symphony, and Playbill magazines.

Orli Shaham has won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, prestigious prizes given to further the development of outstanding talent.

The Shahams' "Prokofiev Album" on Canary Classics was hailed on Barnes & as "As fine a recording of the violin and piano music of Prokofiev as has ever been made by one of the finest violinist and pianist teams of the last ten years."

Their Feb. 10 concert is supported by Sandy Heistad through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $38; UI student $15; senior citizen $34.20; youth $26.60.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: For Orli Shaham, send email to; for Gil Shaham, contact Edgar Vincent, 212-717-3193; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),

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