Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with Ryu Goto, Closes New York Season May 4

Classical Music Features   Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with Ryu Goto, Closes New York Season May 4
Violin sensation Ryu Goto joins Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for the final performance of its 37th New York season, making his Carnegie Hall debut with Bruch's majestic and whimsical first violin concerto. The May 4 concert is at 8 PM.


Already a superstar in Japan, Ryu Goto makes his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 21. He follows in the footsteps of his sister, Midori, who has already established herself as one of the preeminent violinists in the world. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Ryu is studying physics; he also holds a black belt in karate and enjoys playing the guitar. Ryu's youthful energy seems a perfect match for Orpheus' unorthodox approach to orchestral playing, and Orpheus is proud to be a part of this momentous occasion in his burgeoning career.

Graham Parker, Executive Director of Orpheus, affirms, "Orpheus began its relationship with Ryu Goto in 2008 with a sold-out tour of Japan that concluded with a dazzling concert in Tokyo's Suntory Hall. He has been astonishing audiences since his concert debut at the age of seven and has quickly achieved celebrity status throughout Japan. Ryu is now on the brink of international stardom, and we're thrilled to be performing with him again and introducing him to New York City audiences. This concert will surely mark one of the most exciting soloist debuts this season."

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Ryu Goto, violin

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Symphony No. 2 in D major

Tickets range from $29 -$110 and are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org. Carnegie Hall is located at Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, NYC.


Born in New York in 1988, Ryu Goto is currently a student at Harvard University. He made his concert debut at the age of seven playing all three movements of Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with a number of international orchestras, including Dallas and Washington National Symphonies in the United States, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Toscanini Symphonica, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Europe, Vancouver Symphony in Canada, and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra of South Africa. In Japan his engagements have included the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Japan Virtuoso Orchestra, and the Kyoto Symphony, among others. Ryu has collaborated with renowned conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Myung-Whun Chung, Yutaka Sado, Jonathan Nott, and Mikko Franck. He has also appeared as a guest artist at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Lanaudiere Festival in Canada and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. As an active chamber musician, Ryu has collaborated with such notable instrumentalists as Mischa Maisky, The Chung Trio, Jorg Widmann, Nobuko Imai, Michael Dussek and Naoko Yoshino.

Ryu's debut CD "Ryu Goto," released in 2005, quickly became the best selling classical album in Japan for that year. He has released three CD and two DVD projects thus far. His notoriety may be, in part, due to the fact that he was the subject of a documentary broadcast entitled Ryu Goto's Odyssey on Fuji TV in Japan between 1996 and 2005. In 2008, the Shanghai Media Group of China broadcast a feature program on him.

Ryu plays a 1715 Stradivari violin known both as the 'Ex-Pierre Rode' and the 'Duke of Cambridge', on loan from the NPO "Yellow Angel."He has studied with Yoko Gilbert, Victor Danchenko and Cho-Liang Lin.


The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has invigorated international audiences and critics alike with its superior artistry, energy, and distinctive approach to music-making. Orpheus is committed to illuminating both classic orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Over its history, Orpheus has built a legacy through its acclaimed recordings, performances, and collaborations with the world's most dynamic and esteemed soloists. In addition to extensive national and international touring, the orchestra presents an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly at major New York venues.

The Orpheus recording legacy consists of over 70 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures. In 2007 Orpheus released a recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Sarah Chang on EMI Classics. Their latest album, with pianist Jonathan Biss, was released in the fall of 2008. Orpheus' extensive catalog includes albums on the Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Decca, SONY Classical, and Nonesuch labels.

The Orpheus website, www.orpheusnyc.org, provides information on the ensemble, the musicians, performances, and special events. The Orchestra also maintains a blog, located at blog.orpheusnyc.org.

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