|Native name||五嶋 龍|
July 13, 1988 |
New York City, New York, United States
Ryu Goto (五嶋 龍 Gotō Ryū, born July 13, 1988 in New York City, New York) is a Japanese-American concert violinist. Goto gained attention as a child prodigy, first performing at the age of seven in the Pacific Music Festival held in Sapporo, Japan. His debut tour of 12 cities of Japan, in 2006, was sold out.
Both of Goto's parents are violinists. His elder (by 17 years) sister, Midori, is an internationally renowned violinist. Goto began playing violin at age three. He credits his mother for both his and his sister's success as musicians.
Goto has performed internationally as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toscanini Symphonica in Italy, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), the European Union Youth Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra of South Africa Ryu has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Shanghai Grand Theater, Taipei National Concert Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Munich's Herkulessaal and the Philharmonic Hall Gasteig.
Goto performed at the World Trade Center site during the official September 11 commemoration ceremony in 2003 and at the peace memorial concerts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005. In 2005, Universal Music signed Goto to its Deutsche Grammophon label. In 2009, Goto played with the Ditto Ensemble in Korea, and was scheduled to appear with them in the summer of 2010 in Japan. In 2010, he made is Carnegie Hall debut. In 2014, he appeared to represent Japan at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico.
Goto has a black belt in karate, and holds a degree in physics from Harvard (2011), where he is a member of the Phoenix SK Club. He also plays guitar. In addition to classical he likes jazz, pop and electronic music.
- Ryu Goto, Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77 – May 2006
- Ryu Goto, Violin Recital 2006 – March 2007
- Ryu – July 2005
- 'Ryu Goto, Violin Recital 2006 – January 2007
- Live in Suntory Hall 2004 – August 2007
- The Four Seasons – June 2009
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