Sarasota Concert Association presents Gil Shaham, violin Akira Eguchi, piano

February 21 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Considered one of the most acclaimed violinists of our time, Grammy award-winner Gil Shaham joins forces with rising star pianist Akira Eguchi

in a program of works by Prokofiev, Bach, Franck and more.


“Gil Shaham is one of today’s preeminent violinists.”

–The New York Times


(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its 73rd season with Gil Shaham, violin, and Akira Eguchi, piano. Hailed for his extraordinary artistry, maturity and intelligence, Akira Eguchi has captivated audiences and critics throughout the world as a piano soloist, chamber musician, harpsichord player and collaborative pianist. Eguchi joins forces with Grammy award-winner and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year, violin virtuoso, Gil Shaham, who The New York Times has called “one of today’s preeminent violinists,” and who the Chicago Tribune says could “give the inimitable Jascha Heifetz a close race in the razzle-dazzle department.”  The concert is Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The evening’s program includes Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, Prokofiev’s Five Melodies, Op. 35, Franck’s Sonata in A for Violin and Piano, Bach’s Partita No. 3, and Dorman’s Nigunim. The concert is part of SCA’s “Great Performers Series.” Individual tickets are $30, $50, $70, $100 and $120. Mini subscriptions are also available. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. Shaham is in demand throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Since making his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1992, Akira Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Distinguished for his performances for heads of state, Eguchi has played for President Clinton, presented by Isaac Stern at the White House, and for the Emperor and Empress of Japan at Hamarikyu Ashahi Hall in Tokyo.

Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series continues with the historic and illustrious Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits, with Catherine Foster, soprano, and Vadym Kholodenko, piano (February 26 at the Van Wezel); the Takács Quartet, hailed by the Chicago Classical Review as “a world-class ensemble at the height of its powers,” (March 16 at Riverview Performing Arts Center); and the return of acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his performances with major symphony orchestras throughout the world, as well as for his chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Young Uck Kim and his longtime friend Yo-Yo Ma (April 3, at the Van Wezel).

Five of the six Great Performers Series concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The March 16th concert is at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota. For tickets, call 941-225-6500 or visit


About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from December to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 73rd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit