He replaces bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who had been scheduled to perform Mahler's Kindertotenlieder but bowed out earlier this week due to a bronchial infection.
Shaham will perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 (the "Turkish") with the Philadelphians under their music director, Christoph Eschenbach. The program also includes Bruckner's Symphony No. 9, as previously announced.
Later in the spring, the Israeli-American violinist will return to Carnegie for three all-Brahms chamber programs in Zankel Hall. The series — titled Gil Shaham: The Intimate Brahms — includes concerts on March 22, April 21, and May 2.