About


“…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, Norköpping 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, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Eiji Oue, 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, Jörg Widmann, Antoine Tamestit, Masao Kawasaki, Leif Ove Andsnes, 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, longer version of this film will be broadcast in Japan on April 26th, 2014.

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).

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.

Upcoming highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Den Haag resident Orkest, which will be televised on Netherlands National Television, the Staatsoper Hannover with music director Karen Kamensek, Taipei Symphony with music director Gilbert Varga, 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 many others. This summer she will join the Risør Festival in Norway, where she will play with Lars Anders Tomter, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Hadland, Sharon Kam, Polina Leschenko, Christian Poltéra, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

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

(updated 4/14)