Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Gomyo + Bruch

Karen Gomyo created a sensation when she first appeared with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2015. A violinist of dazzling prowess and heartfelt emotion, she promises a night to remember when she performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, a work which has been described as “the richest, the most seductive” of all Romantic violin concertos.

Although numbered fifth among Mendelssohn’s five symphonies, the Reformation is an early work, brimming with youthful energy and ingenuity. It presents a compendium of different musical traditions and textures including the Lutheran chorale, old-school polyphony and Beethovenian drama. Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hansel and Gretel draws from the opera’s most beguiling melodies while Delius’s The Walk to the Paradise Garden is a gentle, understated tone poem on themes of love and longing.

Karen Gomyo

“…deeply serious, temperamental and just plain gorgeous… always with a clear sense of the music’s rhythmic pulse and sonic perspectives.” – Toronto Globe & Mail
Born in Tokyo and having grown up in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo has recently made Berlin her home.

A musician of the highest calibre, the Chicago Tribune praised her as “…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity…”.

In Europe, Karen has most recently performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, Residentie Orkest, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and WDR Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Cologne.

Already strongly established in North America, Karen regularly performs with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa (NACO), National Symphony in Washington, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony among others.

Andrew Gourlay conductor

Born in Jamaica, with Russian ancestry, Andrew Gourlay grew up in the Bahamas, Philippines, Japan and England.  A trombonist and pianist by training, he studied conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he prepared Bruckner symphonies for Bernard Haitink and Mozart symphonies for Sir Roger Norrington.  He was selected by Gramophone magazine as their ‘One to Watch’, and by BBC Music Magazine as their ‘Rising Star: great artists of tomorrow’.

Andrew Gourlay took up the position of Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCYL) in January 2016, having been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2014/15 season.  He won First Prize at the 2010 Cadaques International Conducting Competition, securing concerts with 29 orchestras around the world.  For the next two years he was Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra.  He twice replaced Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, and worked as cover conductor for Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Gomyo + Bruch
Friday, 1 September, 2017, 7.30pm
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
Karen Gomyo violin
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Tickets from $32.00 at or 1800 001 190.