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"Ryu Goto is a sterling violinist with impeccable technical credentials and a personal musical flair. He has rightfully taken his place among the top echelon of today's young performers......."Lorin Maazel

Ryu Goto, violin & Eri Kang, piano

October 9, 2012, 8pm

Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia

Principal Underwriter:  Anonymous

Children's Concert Underwriter:  BAMA Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation


ProkofievSonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 80
PaganiniIntroduction & Variations on "Nel co piu` non mi sento" from Paisello's "La molinara", Op.38
BeethovenSonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
RavelTzigane, rapsodie de concert

Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryu's career began at age seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1. Since then, Ryu has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, European Union Youth Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Tan Dun, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. Ryu has already performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Shanghai Grand Theater, Taipei National Concert Hall, Munich's Herkulessaal and the Musikverein in Vienna.

In the 2012-13 season, Ryu will make his debuts with the Munich Philharmonic, Maazel conducting, followed by a tour with the orchestra to Japan, and the Hamburg Symphony.  He tours to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks of performances of Tan Dun's Hero Concerto.  This same season will see return engagements to Columbia and Ghana, in addition to his annual solo tour of Japan, now also including performances in China.
Ryu's philanthropic work includes working with student musicians throughout the world, mentoring their development, conducting master classes in conjunction with the world's top institutions. Efforts include the "Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Initiative Scholarship" with the NYC Department of Education, as well as collaborations with institutions like the Juilliard School and the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra.

Ryu's features in media are numerous including his own Fuji TV Show "Ryu Goto's Odyssey," a chronicle of his career and personal life from 1996-2006. He also serves as spokesperson for the East Japan Railway Company with regular coverage on TV, radio and in print.

Ryu records for Deutsche Grammophon in collaboration with Universal Classics Japan. In May 2011 he graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics. Ryu performs on the1715 Stradivarius, known both as the "Ex-Pierre Rode" and the "Duke of Cambridge" on loan to him from the NPO "Yellow Angel."

Pianist Eri Kang’s tone beauty and compelling musicality has been hailed by audiences throughout the world. A Japanese-born Korean-American pianist, soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician, she has appeared frequently at the major concert halls in New York, and performances in Europe, the Far East and throughout the U.S.  She has received rave reviews from publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Strad and String Magazines, heard frequently on NPR, WQXR, WNCN, at music festivals including Aspen, and performed piano duo recitals with Akira Eguchi. Ms. Kang has recorded for CD “ Dear America” performing Gershwin’s “ Fantasy on Porgy and Bess for two pianos”, which has been selected as the best new-release by Japanese Recording Arts Magazine.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Toho School of Music, and an M.M. from Juilliard. She has studied piano with Martin Canin, Satoko Tokumaru, and chamber music with Felix Galimir. A superb chamber musician, she has extraordinary knowledge of piano and strings literature which she gained from experiences working with Dorothy DeLay and her students at Juilliard School.  Ms. Kang has served as an official pianist frequently for major violin and other string instrumental competitions in the U.S., Sion Valais in Switzerland, and Buenos Aires International Violin Competition.  Ms. Kang joined the piano faculty of the City University of New York Brooklyn College in 2011.