30 May 2024

Following successful debuts with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and the National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin where Karen Gomyo, performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto no. 1, “constantly surprised with a new tone, a sweetness that could turn to acid strength however much of the orchestra was pitted against her” (The Arts Desk) she will be now making a highly anticipated debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Two concerts on 30 and 31 May 2024 feature Shostakovich’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. More information and tickets are available here.

Gomyo’s 2023/24 season engagements include her debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with John Storgårds and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland with Lio Kuokman. She also appears with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg with Constantinos Carydis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with John Storgårds, Gulbenkian Orchestra with Giancarlo Guerrero, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao with composer/conductor Samy Moussa, and the Vancouver Symphony with Gerard Schwarz. In February 2024, Karen returned to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Year 2020, a Concerto for Trumpet, Violin and Orchestra by Xi Wang, with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and conductor Fabio Luisi.  Together with conductor Jakub Hrůša, with whom she collaborates regularly, Karen will return to Japan to perform with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Further afield, Karen continues to be sought after in Australasia, and will be touring the region in August and September 2024, returning to the Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmanian and West Australian symphony orchestras.

In the 2023/24 season, Semyon Bychkov’s programmes centred on Dvorak’s last three symphonies, the concertos for piano, violin and cello, and the trilogy of overtures Nature, Life and Love. In addition to conducting in Prague’s Rudolfinum, Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic took the all-Dvořák programmes to Korea and across Japan with three concerts in Tokyo’s famed Suntory Hall. Later, in spring, an extensive European tour took the programmes to Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and France and, at the end of 2024, the Year of Czech Music will culminate with three concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  As well as featuring Dvorak’s three concertos, the programmes will include three poems from Smetana’s Ma vlast, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass for which the Orchestra will be joined by the Prague Philharmonic Choir.  Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic launched 2024’s Year of Czech Music in March with the release – on Smetana’s 200th birthday – of Smetana’s Má vlast.

Karen Gomyo and Semyon Bychkov are managed in association with Enticott Music Management.

Photo Credit: Karen Gomyo (c) Irène Zandel; Semyon Bychkov (c) Umberto Nicoletti