July 24 Music Benefit




Harris Hall
8:00 pm

The Event

The Aspen Music Festival and School is teaming up with the Aspen Center for Physics to bring three very special musicians to the Harris Hall stage. All three are the children of physicists who have participated at the Aspen Center for Physics and all three are donating their performances to this benefit.

Tickets are $50 and are available here to purchase from and to PICK UP AT THE ASPEN CENTER FOR PHYSICS.

The Musicians

Stefan Jackiw

Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. In 2002, the young artist was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He makes his home in New York City.

Jackiw made his European debut in London in 2002 to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Benjamin Zander. His sensational performance was featured on the front page of London's Times; The Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.” Jackiw has also performed in Europe with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra of Ireland, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Invited by Yuri Temirkanov, Jackiw performed Barber's Violin Concerto as part of the Winter Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jackiw's New York Philharmonic debut occurred in July 2007 under the direction of Ludovic Morlot in the “Concerts in the Parks” series. The next month, he appeared with the Boston Symphony and Morlot at Tanglewood and was immediately re–engaged for the following summer under Hans Graf.

In 2008, Jackiw made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and the San Francisco Symphony under James Gaffigan. He was reunited with Davis for his Philadelphia and Toronto Symphony debuts in the 2009–10 season, with Schwarz for his Montreal debut, and he enjoyed new collaborations with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, Andris Nelsons and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Arild Remmereit with the Cincinnati Symphony. In 2010/11, Jackiw was reunited with the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop, who also conducted his return to the Baltimore Symphony. During the winter he toured with the London Philharmonic, appearing in London and Madrid under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and in Seoul under Vassily Sinaisky.

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham was born in Urbana, Illinois, while his parents, Israeli scientists, were on an academic fellowship at the University of Illinois. His father Jacob was an astrophysicist, and his mother, Meira Diskin, was a cytogeneticist. The family returned to Jerusalem when Gil was two. At the age of seven, Shaham began taking violin lessons from Samuel Bernstein at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. In 1980, when Shaham was nine years old, he played for Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein and Henryk Szeryng, and attended the Aspen Music School in Colorado, studying with Dorothy DeLay (the teacher of many other leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman and Sarah Chang) and Jens Ellerman.

At age 10, Shaham debuted as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, conducted by the violinist Alexander Schneider. Less than a year later Shaham performed with Israel's foremost orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, which was conducted by Zubin Mehta. At age 11, in 1982, Shaham won first prize in the Claremont Competition and was admitted to the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. In addition, both he and his younger sister, the pianist Orli Shaham, attended Columbia University.

Shaham's career took off in 1989 when he was called to replace an ailing Itzhak Perlman for a series of concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. Flying to London at short notice, having had to take time out from his studies at the Horace Mann School where he was a senior, he played both the Bruch and the Sibelius concertos to glowing reviews. Shaham has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. Shaham plays a Stradivarius violin from the “long pattern” period, the “Comtesse de Polignac“ of 1699. It was offered to Shaham on loan, in 1989, by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago. Shaham is married to the Australian–born violinist Adele Anthony. They have two children, Elijah and Ella Mei.

Orli Shaham

Orli Shaham was recognized early for her prodigious talents. She received her first scholarship for musical study from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation at age five to study with Luisa Yoffe at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. By age seven, she traveled to New York with her family to begin study with Nancy Stessin, and became a scholarship student of Herbert Stessin at The Juilliard School a year later. She has also won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, two prestigious prizes given to further the development of outstanding talent. In addition to her musical education, Orli Shaham holds a degree in history from Columbia University.

Orli Shaham has performed with the Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Utah Symphonies, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Taiwan Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. A frequent guest at summer festivals, she has performed at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Caramoor, Spoleto, Bravo Vail and Music Academy of the West. Highlights of Orli Shaham's international performance schedule in 2011–2012 include the world premiere of a piano concerto written for her by the acclaimed American composer Steven Mackey, with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson. Subsequent performances of the concerto are with LA Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony and Sydney Symphony.

Orli Shaham's 2011–2012 season also includes a return engagement with the Seattle Symphony in which Ms. Shaham performs Mozart's Concerto K. 466 conducted by David Robertson. Ms. Shaham continues her role as curator and performer in the Pacific Symphony's chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California. And this season, Ms. Shaham begins a new role as host of the public radio series America's Music Festivals, a two-hour weekly program broadcast on more than 100 stations. Orli Shaham lives in New York and St. Louis with her husband, conductor David Robertson, college-age stepsons Peter and Jonathan, and pre-school twins Nathan and Alex.