Japanese violinist performs in PPO September concert

Ryu Goto   PHOTO BY Ayako Yamamoto, UMLLC

Ryu Goto
PHOTO BY Ayako Yamamoto, UMLLC

Japanese violinist Ryu Goto is the guest performer in the opening season concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of its new music director, Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura, on September 9 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8 p.m.

Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing audience in Asia, North America and Europe. His 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, the Japanese musician has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestresymphonique de Montréal, hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony), Hamburger Symphoniker and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

He 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.

Goto’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. He does extensive musical outreach and cultural exchange in developing countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

His numerous features in media include his own documentary Ryu Goto’s Odyssey, a chronicle of his career and personal life from 1996 to 2006. He is endorsed by Airweave and also serves as spokesperson for the East Japan Railway Company with regular coverage on televison, radio and in print.

 Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra new music director Yoshikazu Fukumura

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra new music director Yoshikazu Fukumura

In October 2015, he appeared as the host of a weekly television classical music program entitled Untitled Concert that was listed in Guinness World Records as “the longest-running TV program for classical music.”

Ryu records for Deutsche Grammophon in collaboration with Universal Classics Japan. In May 2011, he graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics and is currently studying the violin with Prof. Ana Chumachenco. He is a member of US-Japan Council, and has accepted an award from the Japanese American Bar Association as a Japanese-American leader. He holds a 3rd degree black belt from the Japan Karate Association. He performs on the Stradivarius 1722 violin “Jupiter” on loan to him from Nippon Music Foundation.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra concert on September 9 marks the debut of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura as the new PPO music director. The program for the evening features H. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival-Overture, P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, and J. Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor.

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