Karen Gomyo

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Violinist Karen Gomyo has captivated audiences in North America, Europe and Australasia with her musical integrity, technical assurance and compelling interpretations.

In North America, Ms. Gomyo has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Houston symphonies among many others.  Recent and upcoming appearances include re-engagements with the St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto symphonies and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Internationally, Ms. Gomyo has appeared with the Philharmonia in London, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Czech Philharmonic in Europe; and in Australasia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies. She returned to Prague in December 2021 to play the first Shostakovich Violin Concerto with the Czech Phil and Maestro Bychkov.

Strongly committed to contemporary works, Ms. Gomyo performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, a work commissioned for her by the CSO. She also performed the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 “Mar’eh” with the composer conducting the National Symphony Orchestra. In April 2022, she will premiere a double concerto written for her and trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth by Xi Wang with the Dallas Symphony.

Born in Tokyo, Ms. Gomyo studied in Montreal and in New York at The Juilliard School with famed violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.  She plays on the “Aurora, exFoulis” Stradivarius violin made in 1703.