Violinist 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, he has captivated audiences as soloist, in recitals, and from the concertmaster chair. The winner of an inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been praised in the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music” (Cleveland Classical) and for performances "full of passion and energy, exquisitely rendered with refined details that escape one in recordings". He made his recital debut in New York as one of ten "Exceptional Young Artists" at the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard.
Mr. Shaub has previously performed as substitute with the New York Philharmonic, served as guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (U.K.), and as concertmaster of festival orchestras, including Spoleto and the Music Academy of the West. He regularly appears at leading music festivals throughout North America, including Breckenridge, Vail, Spoleto, and Kneisel Hall. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees as a scholarship student at Juilliard. Born in 1992 in Canton, Ohio, William Shaub studied with Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Emilio Llinas, and Stephen Clapp. He performs on a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, made in 1865.