Ryu Goto

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Ryu Goto
Native name 五嶋 龍
Born (1988-07-13) July 13, 1988 (age 29)
New York City, New York, United States
Instruments Violin
Labels Deutsche Grammophon
Website www.ryugoto.com/eng/

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,[1][2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Both of Goto's parents are violinists. His elder (by 17 years) sister, Midori, is an internationally renowned violinist.[4] Goto began playing violin at age three.[4] He credits his mother for both his and his sister's success as musicians.[5]


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[3][6] 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.[7]

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.[3] In 2005, Universal Music signed Goto to its Deutsche Grammophon label.[8] In 2009, Goto played with the Ditto Ensemble in Korea,[9] and was scheduled to appear with them in the summer of 2010 in Japan.[10] In 2010, he made is Carnegie Hall debut. In 2014, he appeared to represent Japan at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico.[11]

Goto graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics in 2011.[8] He regularly played with the Bach Society Orchestra.[6][12]

Playing style[edit]

Goto has been influenced by electric guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, and sometimes uses an aggressive playing style described as "ferocious"[1] or "fiery."[13]


Goto plays the 1722 Stradivarius "Jupiter, ex-Goding" violin on loan to him from Nippon Music Foundation since December 2013.[7] Formerly, Midori also played it.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] He also plays guitar.[6] In addition to classical he likes jazz, pop and electronic music.[11]



  • 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


  1. ^ a b Werb, Jessica (December 14, 2006). "Ryu Goto". Straight.Com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sherman, Robert (March 21, 1999). "Music: The Keyboard Stars in Programs". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Ayako Yamamoto (July 17, 2009). "National Concert Hall 國家音樂廳". Taiwan News. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Shull, Chris (October 11, 2009). "Violin Playing a Family Affair". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ Werb, Jessica (December 7, 2006). "Violin Star Still a Kid at Heart". Straight.Com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Coogan, Matthew (November 20, 2009). "Spotlight: Ryu Goto '11". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Ryu Goto Official Web Site - Biography". www.ryugoto.com. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  8. ^ a b "Teenage Violinist Signed to Deutsche Grammophon". TourDates. June 7, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ Hyo-won, Lee (June 16, 2009). "Ensemble Ditto Opens Third Season". Korea Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Hyo-won, Lee (January 21, 2010). "Ensemble Ditto to Debut in Japan". Korea Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Paul, Carlos (October 24, 2015). "Ryu Goto, prodigio del violín, se presenta en el Cervantino". Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kavoussi, Bonnie (October 22, 2007). "For BachSoc, a Strong Season Beginning". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Baxter, David (October 19, 2009). "Violinist Shines with Symphony". Witchita Eagle. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 

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