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. A graduate of the Juilliard School and winner of a Zarin Mehta Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, he has been described by the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music” and praised for his "unquestionable virtuosity” (Cleveland Classical). 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 the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. 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.