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Teenage violin prodigy Karen Gomyo is a Hancher Rising Star Oct. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo, who at the age of 15 won the 1997 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The performance is part of the Mercy Iowa City Rising Stars Series.

With pianist Robert Koenig, Gomyo will perform Mozart's Sonata in G Major, K. 301; the Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2 in A Minor, op. 27, by Eugene Ysaye; Tchaikovsky's Valse-Scherzo, op. 34; the "Suite Populaire Espagnole" by Manuel de Falla; Edward Elgar's "Chanson de matin," op. 15, no. 2; and Variations on an original theme by Henryk Wieniawski.

The Clapp Recital Hall concert will conclude Gomyo's three-day residency at the UI. The residency will include mini-concerts at Horace Mann School, the Johnson County Senior Center, the Preucil School of Music and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City; a mini-concert at Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids; and a lecture-demonstration in a UI residence hall.

Gomyo was born in Tokyo in 1982 and her family moved to Montreal in 1984. She began her public performances at the age of five, and at seven she won the Special Jury Prize in the I Musici de Montreal Competition. When she was eight she performed as a soloist with the Quebec Symphony and made her Montreal recital debut. And at the age of nine Gomyo won first prize in the Canadian Music Competition in Ottawa.

At the age of 10 Gomyo was invited to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she is now a full-scholarship student in the pre-college program. At Juilliard she has won First Prize in the Concerto Competition, leading to an appearance with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and as a soloist at the Aspen Music Festival. She was selected to perform at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.

Among her other recent appearances are the Japan Aspen Music Festival, the Usedom Festival in Germany and the Mostly Mozart Festival. She was also invited to solo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on its spring tour.

Gomyo also takes ballet classes, and she designs her own concert attire, which reflects her individual style.

Tickets for Gomyo's Oct. 30 concert are $17 ($13.60 for UI students and senior citizens, and half price for audience members 17 and younger) from the Hancher Auditorium box office.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Mercy Iowa City and Mercy On Call are the corporate sponsors of the Rising Stars Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.