Bard signs Shaham

Bard signs Shaham


norman lebrecht

August 12, 2020

The Bard College Conservatory of Music has appointed violinists Gil Shaham and his wife Adele Anthony to the faculty. They won’t be doing much in person for a while.

Bard Conservatory Dean Tan Dun said: ‘I am so excited to welcome Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony to the faculty of the Bard Conservatory. Their musical excellence and dedication to teaching will be a gift to the entire Conservatory community.’


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    This is wonderful news for Bard! Congratulations and good luck for the upcoming semesters!

  • Wesley Lead-Pencil, Jr. says:

    Bard is the future. With a hire like this, they will surmount the devastation of COVID to educate the future of the arts, digitally.

  • Joseph O'Lessy says:

    But will conservatories even exist when Covid-19 is through ravaging our children if schools open?

    • Mart Dentalberx says:

      I hope they close all buildings soon. Any area where the virus may fester is off limits in my books!

  • Jay says:

    What will they teach ? and how?

  • drummerman says:

    Mr. Shaham is a brilliant violinist. Mrs. Shaham (Adele Anthony) not so.

    • Kyle Wiedmeyer says:

      I was about to say that she’s a great pianist, but that’s his sister. I get them confused sometimes …

  • Karl says:

    This shows just how desperate freelancers are in the days of covid. And gives pause to think of all those musicians that can’t land a teaching job now.

  • Grittenhouse says:

    An expensive gift. Being such a long distance from the city, I wonder how often any of the teachers show up. Three hours+ travel to teach a few hours? How many students can they really draw? Nevertheless, Botstein has built up the department very nicely. If only to employ NYC musicians a little more. Imagine, they even have two harp teachers! Sara Cutler is surely enough.

    • fflambeau says:

      Not so far away, surely. Plus, in today’s congested and polluted and virus filled world, this looks like heaven.

  • M says:

    Too bad that Bard is run by Leon Botstein, an autocratic misogynist who pretends to be a conductor. Hopefully Gil Shaham won’t have to interact with him much, let alone play a concerto with him…Bard, with their overreaching tendencies and shady finances, is hardly the future of conservatories.