Karen Gomyo

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“…deeply serious, temperamental and just plain gorgeous… always with a clear sense of the music’s rhythmic pulse and sonic perspectives.” – Toronto Globe & Mail
Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”, and described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by abundant talent but not a vain display of technique.”

Gomyo’s engagements as soloist have included those with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Tokyo, Hiroshima Symphonies, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In Europe she has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Munich Bach Collegium, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony, and Den Haag Residentie Orkest, among others. She has worked with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, David Robertson, David Zinman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Louis Langrée, Thomas Dausgaard, James Gaffigan, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Kirill Karabits, Robin Ticciati, and Jakub Hrůša.

In recital and chamber music, Gomyo has performed in festivals throughout the US and Europe, collaborating with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Christian Poltéra, Alban Gerhardt, Jörg Widmann, Antoine Tamestit, Kathryn Stott, Olli Mustonen, and Francesco Piemontesi.

In December 2013, a documentary film about Stradivarius called “The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin”, in which Gomyo was violinist, navigator, and narrator, was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD. A new, more in-depth version of this film was broadcast in Japan in April 2014.

In 2008 Gomyo performed at the First Symposium for the Victims of Terrorism held at the headquarters of 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 is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and has an ongoing special project with Piazzolla’s longtime pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler and his partners Hector del Curto (bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (double bass).

The 2013/2014 season included debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Den Haag Resident Orkest, which was televised on Netherlands National Television, the Dresden Festival in a recital with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, a tour of Australia including the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and returns to the Cleveland Orchestra (with conductor Bramwell Tovey) and the Danish National Symphony (Andrew Manze) among others. This summer she will join the Risør Festival (Norway), Bünsingen Festival (Germany), and Musiktage Mondsee (Austria), where she will play with Lars Anders Tomter, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Sharon Kam, Christian Poltéra, Lawrence Power, Henri Sigfridsson, and Silke Avenhaus.

Upcoming engagements include those with the Detroit Symphony (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos), Toronto Symphony (Jakub Hrůša), the National Symphony of Washington D.C. (U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Violin Concerto “Mar’eh”), Oregon Symphony (Gilbert Varga), Florida Orchestra (Joshua Weilerstein), Vancouver Symphony (Jun Märkl), and debuts with the Staatsoper Hannover (Karen Kamensek), Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Aalborg Symfoniorkester (in a premiere of Anders Koppel’s new concerto), Argovia Philharmonic (Switzerland), Västerås Sinfonietta (Sweden), the Taipei Symphony (Gilbert Varga), Melbourne Symphony (Matthias Pintscher), and the Tasmanian Symphony (Mark Wigglesworth).

Karen Gomyo plays on the “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.

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