Born in Tokyo and beginning her musical career in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo has recently made Berlin her home. A musician of the highest calibre, the Chicago Tribune praised her as “…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”.
Highlights of Karen’s 2018/19 season include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra with Jakub Hrusa, the Royal Northern Sinfonia with Karina Canellakis, the BBC Symphony with Ben Gernon at the opening concert of the Dubai Proms, as well as returns to the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Minnesota Orchestra and the San Francisco, Houston, Oregon, Minnesota, St. Louis, Vancouver and Dallas symphony orchestras.
In Europe, she has most recently performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, Residentie Orkest, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra in Katowice and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. Further ahead Karen will make her debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Strongly committed to contemporary works, Karen gave the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 Mar’eh with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington under the baton of the composer, as well as Peteris Vasks’ Vox Amoris with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. In May 2018 Karen performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ new Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen to great critical acclaim.
In recital and chamber music Karen has performed in festivals throughout North America and Europe, including recently at the Seattle Chamber Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, with Jeremy Denk at this Milton Court/Barbican residency and at her annual chamber music project with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Future plans include a new piano trio collaboration with Olli Mustonen and Julian Steckel.
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