Karen Gomyo returns to Ottawa this week to perform Sibelius’ prolific violin concerto with Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on Friday as part of their Ideas of North Festival, celebrating the music of Sibelius and various other Finnish and Canadian composers. This immersive festival explores perspectives on the North through music, architecture, digital installations and the culinary arts, in celebration of Canada’s 150th and Finland’s 100th birthdays. More information for Karen’s concert here.
Following the concert, Karen makes a swift journey across the Atlantic to the UK to take part in pianist Jeremy Denk’s residency at Milton Court, consisting of three concerts throughout Sunday. Spread across the three concerts, Karen plays an eclectic programme of Biber, Monteverdi, Mozart, Brahms and Vieuxtemps.
Further season highlights include a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Mark Wigglesworth and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in December, and a return to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in April to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with their Music Director Louis Langrée. In May, she will make her debut performance with the Chicago Symphony orchestra for the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ Violin Concerto, written by the composer for Karen to perform.