Michael Shaham

Michael Shaham

VIOLIN 2023 

Violin 2023

Competitors 2023



CMIM Grants for Unranked Finalists

Michael has been playing the violin since the age of six as a member of a family of musicians. He has won scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 2013 and recently won the 2nd prize in the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. In 2019, violinist Vadim Gluzman granted Michael a scholarship from the Arkady Fomin Foundation.

Michael has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and other major orchestras in Israel. Since 2019, Michael has been studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Ida Kavafian. In Israel, he studied at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv with his father Hagai Shaham and Guy Figer and is an alumnus of the Jerusalem Music Centre. Michael performs on a violin by Santino Lavazza, Milan c1714, on loan from The Ryuji Ueno Foundation and Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.


Principal teachers  

  • Ida Kavafian, 2019-2022  
  • Shmuel Ashkensai, 2019-2022 
  • Guy Figer, 2012-2019 
  • Hagai Shaham, 2009-2012  


Major Competitions  

  • Joint 2nd prize, Fritz Kreisler Competition, 2022





JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
I. Grave 
II. Fugue 

EUGÈNE YSAŸE Violin Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Op. 27 
I. Allemande 
II. Sarabande 
III. Finale 

ERNEST BLOCH Baal Shem, B. 47: Nigun  



FRANZ SCHUBERT Violin Sonata in A major, ‘Grand Duo’, D. 574
I. Allegro moderato 
II. Scherzo: presto 
III. Andantino 
IV. Allegro vivace 

LUNA PEARL WOOLF L’Inconnu.e bouleversant.e 

GABRIEL FAURÉ Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
I. Allegro molto  
II. Andante  
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo  
IV. Finale: Allegro quasi presto 

FRANZ WAXMAN Carmen Fantasie 



JEAN SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 
I. Allegro moderato   
II. Adagio di molto   
III. Allegro, ma non tanto   



Pianist: Jinhee Park


Michael Shaham has is generously sponsored by Nancy Rowat and Ernest McNee

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