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Born in Tokyo and beginning her musical career in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo now makes her home in Berlin. A musician of the highest calibre, the Chicago Tribune praised her as “…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”.

For the 2022/23 season Karen will make her debut with Pittsburgh Symphony performing the US Premiere of Moussa’s Violin Concerto ‘Adrano’. Other notable debuts include Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, New World Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal. Karen returns to the Bamberger Symphoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and will also take part in the Seattle Chamber Music Festival as well as trio concerts in Germany with pianist Kiveli Doerkin and cellist Julian Steckel.

In Europe Karen has worked with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Polish National Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

She is a champion of the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla and in 2021 Karen released ‘A Piazzolla Triology’ on BIS Records, recorded with the Strings of Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and guitarist Stephanie Jones. It follows Karen’s first project with BIS, a collection of works by Paganini and his baroque predecessors recorded with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, released in 2019.

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