Karen Gomyo



Karen Gomyo, “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity.”  (The Chicago Tribune), possesses a rare ability to captivate and connect intimately with audiences through her deeply emotional and heartfelt performances. With a flawless command of the instrument and an elegance of expression, she is one of today’s leading violinists.

Karen’s 2023/24 season engagements include her debuts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Semyon Bychkov; 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 will return 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.

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“Deeply serious, temperamental and just plain gorgeous… always with a clear sense of the music’s rhythmic pulse and sonic perspectives.”

Toronto Globe & Mail

“The soloist, Karen Gomyo, making her Philharmonic subscription series debut, conveyed with richly warm and textured sound the ruminative quality of a lyrical line that keeps trying to take clear shape. Yet Gomyo pressed below the surface to suggest that this music was not simply sad, but truly grief-stricken.

A noble yet still dark Passacaglia slow movement leads to a vehement cadenza, and then a Burlesque finale. Here the bitter, almost hostile, ironic Shostakovich seems to come through in episodes of blaring fanfares and faux-triumphant marches. The orchestra captured it with brilliant sharpness, and Gomyo was extraordinary, dispatching the tangle of technical challenges with fervor and command.”

Anthony Tommasini

The New York Times

“Karen Gomyo, making a spectacular debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, managed it triumphantly.

The opening lament poured out of her in an unbroken wave of controlled energy, concentrated and intense, and she pirouetted her way through the ghoulish jig of the Scherzo as though performing a high-wire act. Her cadenza, coming out of darkly controlled Passacaglia, was unblinkingly focused, leading into a finale of white hot mania.”

The Times