Ryu Goto, violin
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, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony and China Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Tan Dun, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi and Myung-Whun Chung. Ryu has already performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Shanghai Grand Theater, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, Munich's Herkulessaal and Philharmonic Hall Gasteig.
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. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics.
The Japanese international pianist, Ryutaro Suzuki is one today’s most promising talents. He has already performed in several important festivals in Europe, such as Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad (Switzerland), Festival de Nohant (France) and Festival Chopin in Paris. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras, such as the National Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Conservatory of Paris and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.He was born in Kamakura, Japan in 1990. After spending his high school years in Japan, he moved to France, in 2008, to study at the Conservatory of Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris), where he attended the classes of Bruno RIGUTTO, Hortense CARTIER-BRESSON, Michel BEROFF and Michel DALBERTO. During his Master’s degree, he put a special emphasis on Liszt’s paraphrase pieces from different operas. He also worked under the tutorship of Marta GRABOCZ (Université de Strasbourg). At the present time, he is receiving further guidance from Eliso VIRSALADZE, a legendary Georgian pianist.Ryutaro Suzuki also received many prizes in international piano competitions. Among others: two special prizes at the 6th International Tbilisi Piano Competition, Georgia (2017), 1st prize at the 17th International Piano Competition Ile-de-France, France (2015), 2nd prize at the 6th International Piano Competition in memory of Emil Gilels, Ukraine (2015), Maurice Ravel Prize at the Ravel International Academy, France (2014), and the Best interpretation of Spanish music at the 27th International Piano Competition Ciudad de Ferrol, Spain (2013, 2017)He currently resides in Paris and performs throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, where his career started by the age of 9, after giving his first concerto performance as a soloist.In October 2017, he released his first solo album including works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Ravel, and Liszt.