Amere blizzard of historic proportions cannot keep Gil Shaham from an audience. The violinist was there, as scheduled, in Jordan Hall for his Celebrity Series recital. Shaham likes playing to a crowd, conveying a persona both earnest and impish, and the playing itself always has flair — qualities increasingly seasoned with curiosity and even daring. Sunday’s concert had a little of everything.
Shaham was joined by like-minded colleagues. Pianist Akira Eguchi was an excellent partner, with scrupulous touch, responsive phrasing, and a long, flexible line to match Shaham’s poised bowing. William Bolcom was also there, flying in for the East Coast premiere of his Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: nine character pieces leveraging Shaham’s ability to create perfectly honed moments — offhand punctuations in “Morning Music,” slippery, jazzy harmonics in “Lenny in Spats” (a Bernstein-Astaire homage), a “Barcarolle” of shadowy double stops and jabbed pizzicato punctuation. Bolcom himself took to the piano, leading a “Happy Birthday” serenade to his wife, then returned for an encore, accompanying Shaham in his own “Graceful Ghost Rag.”