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Karen Gomyo

  • Violinist


Karen Gomyo: Described by the Toronto Globe and Mail as "superb and deeply serious, possibly the last great talent to come under the influence of Dorothy DeLay, the distinguished teacher of Itzhak Perlman and many leading violinists of our time" and 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 New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, Montreal and Vancouver Symphonies, and the National Symphony of Washington D.C., to name a few. In Europe she has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, and Den Haag Residentie Orkest, among others. She has worked with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, David Robertson, David Zinman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrey Boreyko, Hans Graf, Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, and Robin Ticciati.

In recital and chamber music, Gomyo has performed at the Aspen, Ravinia, and Caramoor Festivals, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Schloss Elmau, the Louvre in Paris, Festival Internacional Santander in Spain, Chanel Ginza and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Last summer she appeared in chamber music festivals at the Pharos Trust Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus, Moritzburg Festival in Germany, Rencontres de Musique de Chambre Bel-Air in France, and Mondsee Festival in Austria, collaborating with Heinrich Schiff, Isabelle van Keulen, Antoine Tamestit, Frank Braley, Jan Vogler and Christian Poltéra.

In 2008 Gomyo performed at the First Symposium for the Victims of Terrorism held at the headquarters of United Nations in New York.

Upcoming highlights include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Baltimore, Dallas, Toronto, Indianapolis, and Norrköping Symphonies, among others.

Born in Tokyo, Gomyo was raised in Montreal and began the violin at age 5. At age 11, she started her studies with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School in New York, continuing further with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University, and with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Karen Gomyo plays on a Stradivarus violin that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.