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William Shaub


William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. Since his concerto debut with the Canton Symphony Orchestra at age 12, violinist William Shaub has captivated audiences as a soloist and in recitals throughout the United States. The winner of an inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been described in the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music” and praised for his "unquestionable virtuosity" (Cleveland Classical). He has garnered distinction as a frequent concertmaster and chamber musician at music festivals throughout North America, including Spoleto, the Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, and Da Camera of Houston. He made his recital debut in New York as one of ten "Exceptional Young Artists" in 2013 at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard.

Mr. Shaub's solo appearances include recent performances with the Canton Symphony and Suburban Symphony Orchestras, and in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Sanders Theatre at Harvard. In addition to performing as substitute with the New York Philharmonic, he has served as concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Juilliard, he led the conductorless Juilliard Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

His commitments to chamber music include performances at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Canada's National Arts Centre, Da Camera of Houston, and Juilliard's Focus! Festival for contemporary music. As a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, he was featured in the Takács String Quartet Seminar and worked with the famed Takács Quartet. He has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with members of the New York Philharmonic, and enjoys collaborations with artists such as Robert Levin, Jon Kimura Parker, Cho-Liang Lin, Desmond Hoebig, and Ritchie Hawley.

Born in 1992 in Canton, Ohio, William Shaub was a recipient of the Louis Persinger Scholarship as a student at the Juilliard School, where he received the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in five years. He was a student of Cho-Liang Lin, Emilio Llinas, Stephen Clapp, and studied chamber music with Sylvia Rosenberg. Prior to his appointment as concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he was a student in the coveted Artist Diploma program at Rice University, where he served as concertmaster. His commitments to community service and outreach include organizing a ten-year series of benefit concerts for the United Nations’ Adopt-a-Minefield Campaign, through which more than 40 prosthetic limbs were purchased for landmine victims in Iraq and Afghanistan. He performs on a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, from 1865.