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