Hagai Shaham is an Israeli violinist and teacher born (in Haifa) on July 8, 1966. For reasons I know nothing about, he has never left Israel as his home base, as have so many other concert violinists – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Guy Braunstein, Jonathan Berick, Lydia Mordkovitch, Vadim Gluzman, and Ivry Gitlis, to name a few. He is also known for recordings of little-known works by Joseph Achron. Shaham is often asked whether he is closely related to American violinist Gil Shaham – he is not. Shaham began his violin studies at age 6. He later studied (from age 12) with Ilona Feher (1901-1988) in Tel Aviv - it has been said that he was her last student. He also studied with Emanuel Borok (the highest-paid concertmaster in the world), Elisha Kagan, and Arnold Steinhardt. Shaham has taught at USC (in the US - 2007), the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and Tel Aviv University, among other places. He has also given numerous master classes throughout the world. His recording labels have included Decca, Chandos, Hyperion, Naxos, Nimbus, and Biddulph. His Achron recordings are on the Hyperion label – some of these works have never before been available to the general public. It has been said that he found these forgotten works (in manuscript form) at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These recordings have been highly praised. One reviewer stated that “through the richness of his tone, superior vibrato usage, expressiveness of phrasing and top-drawer facility, he fulfills his potential in striking fashion. It is a treat to hear such tonally satisfying violin playing when commonplace sound, even among accomplished artists, is so prevalent." Another has stated that he has “an impressive a technique as anyone except Heifetz…” In 2009, he formed a piano trio with Arnon Erez (piano) and Raphael Wallfisch. Since then, the trio has toured regularly but mostly in Europe. Here is a YouTube video of him playing a well-known piece by Jeno Hubay.