Karen Gomyo | Violin
Born in Tokyo, violinist Karen Gomyo grew up in Montreal and New York. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, she has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity".
Gomyo's engagements as soloist have included those with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco, Sydney, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Tokyo symphony orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the National Symphony of Washington D.C. In Europe she has performed with City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Salzburg Camerata, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, and Den Haag Residentie Orkest, among others.
She has worked with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Järvi, David Robertson, David Zinman, Gilbert Varga, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Hannu Lintu, Andrey Boreyko, Hans Graf, Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, Andrew Grams, Pinchas Zukerman, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati and Jakub Hrusa.
2012-2013 highlights include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Montreal, Phoenix, Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego, Toronto, Detroit, Vancouver, Milan, Slovenia, and Sao Paulo with new collaborations with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis and Jan Pascal Tortelier. She also performs several recitals in the U.S. and Europe with pianist Dina Vainshtein.
In recital and chamber music, Gomyo has performed in festivals in the U.S. (Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart), throughout Europe, Japan, and Canada, collaborating with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Jörg Widmann, Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Christian Poltera, Isabelle van Keulen, and Antoine Tamestit.
Karen Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and in 2012, along with Piazzolla cohorts Pablo Ziegler (piano), Hector del Curto (Bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar), Pedro Giraudo (double bass) and classical pianist Alessio Bax, she toured a unique program featuring the music of Piazzolla and the classical composers who influenced him.
In 2008 Gomyo performed at the First Symposium for the Victims of Terrorism held at the United Nations in New York, and in 2009 was the guest soloist for the New York Philharmonic's Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Karen Gomyo plays on a Stradivarius violin that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor. She lives in New York City.
For further information please visit the website www.karengomyo.com.
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