The Knights with Gil Shaham
Visiting Orchestras Series
The world's greatest orchestras on tour
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Colin Jacobsen — New Commission
Beethoven — Violin Concerto
Janáček — String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Brahms — Hungarian Dances
The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. Joining them in their Artis—Naples debut is the great violinist Gil Shaham, an engaging performer known for his athleticism, emotional delivery and musicianship.
All Visiting Orchestras tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 60 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
The Knights have toured and recorded with renowned soloists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck and Gil Shaham, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood and the Vienna Musikverein.
The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music reading parties with friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsen brothers, who are also founding members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, serve as artistic directors of The Knights, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. The Knights are committed to creating unusual and adventurous partnerships across disciplines; they perform in traditional concert halls as well as parks, plazas and bars in an effort to reach listeners of all backgrounds and invite them into their music making. Since its incorporation in 2007, the orchestra has toured consistently across the United States and Europe.
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. The Grammy® Award winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s most prestigious concert stages and festivals.
Highlights of recent years include the acclaimed recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In the coming seasons, in addition to championing these solo works, he will join his longtime partner pianist Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Appearances with orchestra regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony, as well as multi-year residencies with the orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore. Shaham continues his exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” including the works of Barber, Bartok, Berg, Korngold and Prokofiev, among many others.