Shem Guibbory (Violinist, Creative Team)

Shem Guibbory is a recognized award winning violin soloist and chamber musician. His latest new recordings are "Ceiling of Heaven" (Donald Crockett/Allen Shawn) and "Heavy/Light" (Steven Mackey). Others are on the ECM, Gramavision, Opus 1, and DG, Bridge, CRI, New World, and Albany labels. He has appeared as soloist with the NY Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra (Bonn), the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. He has served as concertmaster with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, many NYC freelance orchestras and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

His interpretations of 20th Century music have received international acclaim. The original violinist in Steve Reich and Musicians, his recording of "Violin Phase" (ECM) is now a classic of American avant-garde music. With Anthony Davis he recorded four albums, as well as "Maps"—a Violin Concerto co-commissioned with the Kansas City Symphony (Gramavision). Mr. Guibbory has had close associations with other composers such as Ornette Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jeffrey Levine, Earl Howard, and Gerry Hemingway. He has premiered over 60 compositions with more than 30 works written expressly for him.

A founding member of Musica Parole, Guibbory was co-director (with choreographer Joan Lombardi) of NovEnsemble, a company dedicated to performance of live music and dance. Mr. Guibbory has also collaborated with the Belgian choreographer Anne-Theresa de Keersmaker. In 1999 he was a featured artist in "The Classical Hour at Steinway Hall," a joint production of NHK TV (Japan) and D’Alessio Media (USA). In 2005 he curated and performed in West Goes East—a sold-out week of Cal Arts Alumni performances at The Kitchen in NYC.

Mr. Guibbory is currently a member of the First Violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Since 1981 he has been on the faculty at the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East, a summer festival celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2005. He served as their Music Director from 1997-2005.

A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he has studied with Broadus Erle and Syoko Aki at Yale University, Romuald Tecco, Evelyn Read, and Sophie Feuermann. Mr. Guibbory made his New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1988. In 2001 and 2002 he was recipient of the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming and has received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio) in 2002, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2003), and a fellowship at the Centre d’Art i Natura (Spain, 2004). He is currently Co-director of Special Projects for the CalArts Alumni Association.