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, and Tokyo Symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the National Symphony of Washington D.C. In Europe she has performed with the 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 Den Haag Residentie Orkest, 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, James Gaffigan, Pinchas Zukerman, Vasily Petrenko, Kirill Karabits, Robin Ticciati, Pietari Inkinen, and Jakub Hrůša.
In recital and chamber music, Gomyo has performed in festivals in the US (Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart), Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Ukraine, Holland, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Canada, collaborating with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Christian Poltéra, Donald Weilerstein, Isabelle van Keulen, Antoine Tamestit, Kathryn Stott, and Anton Kuerti.
Karen Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and in March, 2012, along with Piazzolla cohorts Pablo Ziegler (piano), Hector del Curto (bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (double bass) plus classical pianist Alessio Bax, she will tour a unique program featuring the music of Piazzolla and the classical composers who influenced him.
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 with the Sydney Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Munich Bach Collegium, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Malmö Symphony and the Väterås Sinfonietta in Sweden, as well as return visits to the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Quebec Symphony, and the Colorado and Chautauqua Music Festivals.
Karen Gomyo plays on a Stradivarius violin that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.