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has performed as soloist with many of the world's major orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Belgian National Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique Francais, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, SWF Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra, Slovakian Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, following which Zubin Mehta invited him to perform Brahms' Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall. Awards include first prizes at the Ilona Kornhouser competition, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority Young Artist competition, The Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy competition, four Clairmont Awards, and annual scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.


ITTAI SHAPIRA has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Budapest Symphony, Russian Philharmonic, and Shanghai Symphony. He has also appeared as soloist with the Czech National Symphony, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic, and Jerusalem Symphony as well as touring with the English Chamber Orchestra and Yuri Bashmet. He has performed as soloist and conductor with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Israel Virtuosi culminating in an Alice Tully Hall Concert hosted by Itzhak Perlman. He has premiered works by Berio, Bunch, Rechtman, Heath and Shulamit Ran. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, the International Concerto Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Mr. Shapira is the co-founder of the Ilona Feher Foundation for the nurturing of young Israeli violinists. After studying with Ms. Feher he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Robert Mann at The Juilliard School. Mr. Shapira's most recently released CD has been named disc of the month.  His live recording of the Shulamit Ran Violin Concerto will be released on a shared CD with the Chicago Symphony and Daniel Barenboim.  In 2005, he launches 3 new projects: A tour of a concerto written for him by Glen Roven, based on  "The Runaway Bunny," his own composition Virtuoso Variations for Violin and Orchestra, and a Double Concerto with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. 

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