Naomi Shaham (Double bass, 1997) is currently studying with Olivier Thiery, member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in the Conservatory of Amstrerdam. Since 2018, she is principal bass of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and since 2019, an academist in the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She studied for 5 years with Nir Comforty, member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University.
Naomi is was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra. She was a participant in the Practicum Program of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to orchestral playing, Naomi performs as a chamber musician in series of the Tel Aviv Museum and of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. She is a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfälzische Landesstiftung for chamber music.
In 2017, Naomi won the 1st prizes in three solo competitions – the Strings Competition and Contemporary Music competition of The Buchman-Mehta School and The Viennese Bass Competition at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In addition, she won 2nd prize of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Chamber Music Competition. Naomi served in the IDF as an honorary musician.
Naomi has been an AICF Excellence Scholarship recipient since 2013. In 2015, she received a certificate of excellence from Maestro Mehta. She has received scholarships from the ‘Mafte’ach’ Program of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Perlman Music Program.
Naomi has participated in masterclasses with Edicson Ruiz, Ekkehard Beringer, Dominik Grerger, Petru Iuga, Rachel Calin, Jurek Dybal, Gunars Upatnieks , Matteo Liuzzi, Guy Tuneh and members of the Fine Arts Quartet.