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, KBS Seoul Symphony, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. He performed with Israel Philharmonic as a soloist together with Mischa Maisky 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. Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Schleswig-Holstein, Reingau, Bad Kissingen, Bodensee, Montpellier, Cerventino, Kuhmo, Casals and Israel Festivals.
Hagai Shaham recorded over 30 albums for Hyperion, Nimbus, Avie, Chandos, EMI, Naxos and Decca which have been enthusiastically received by international press.
Mr. Shaham 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 served as a jury member at international competitions such as Max Rostal (Berlin), Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition, Ilona Feher Competition (Budapest, president of the Jury 2022), Elmar Oliviera Competition.
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. He teaches regularly at masterclasses such as the Heifetz Institute (USA), ISA (Austria), Kuhmo Festival (Finland) and Keshet Eilon (Israel). He is a co-founder of the Ilona Feher Foundation for promoting young Israeli violinists.