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”, 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 Symphonies, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In Europe she has performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Munich Bach Collegium, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Malmö Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Norköpping Symphony, and the Hague Philharmonic, 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, Thomas Dausgaard, James Gaffigan, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Kirill Karabits, Robin Ticciati, Pietari Inkinen, 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, Benjamin Schmid, Isabelle van Keulen, Lars Anders Tomter, Antoine Tamestit, Kathryn Stott, Alessio Bax, and Anton Kuerti.
Karen Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and will present in February 2014 a special project with Piazzolla cohorts Pablo Ziegler (piano), Hector del Curto (bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (double bass), and classical pianist Cory Smythe.
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.
In December 2013, a documentary film about Stradivarius called “Mysteries of the Supreme Violin”, in which Gomyo was violinist, navigator, and narrator, was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD.
Upcoming highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Hague Philharmonic, which will be televised on Netherlands National Television, the Statsoper Hanover with music director Karen Kamensek, and at the Dresden Festival in a recital with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, a tour of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and returns to the Cleveland Orchestra (with conductor Bramwell Tovey), Danish National Symphony (Andrew Manze), Detroit Symphony (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos), Toronto Symphony (Jakub Hrůša), the National Symphony of Washington D.C. (Matthias Pintscher), Oregon Symphony (Gilbert Varga), Florida Orchestra (Joshua Weilerstein), Vancouver Symphony (Jun Märkl), among others.
Karen Gomyo plays on the “Aurora/ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.