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Karen Gomyo

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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, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Salzburg Camerata, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Den Haag Residentie Orkest, among others. 
She has worked with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi, David Robertson, David Zinman, Gilbert Varga, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Hannu Lintu, Andrey Boreyko, Hans Graf, Louis Langree, James Gaffigan, Andrew Grams, Pinchas Zukerman, Thomas Dausgaard, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati and Jakub Hrusa. 
2013 and 2014 highlights include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and with the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Dallas, NACO, Quebec, Calgary, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego, Toronto, Detroit, Western Australia, Vancouver, Milan and Sao Paulo.  She also performs several  recitals in the U.S. and Europe.
In recital and chamber music, Gomyo has performed in festivals in the U.S. (Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart), Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Ukraine, Holland, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Canada, collaborating with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Christian Poltera, Donald Weilerstein, Isabelle van Keulen, Antoine Tamestit, Kathryn Stott and Anton Kuerti. 
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), and Pedro Giraudo (double bass) plus classical pianist Alessio Bax, she toured a unique program featuring the music of Piazzolla and the classical composers who influenced him.  She will participate with these artists again in Seattle in 2014.
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.

June 2013

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