American violinist Randall Goosby doesn't remember a time when he wasn't connected to classical music - from the moment he picked up a violin at age seven, he felt at home with the instrument in his hands. The immediate sense of joy he felt when playing shaped his childhood, inspiring marathon practice sessions and eventually fueling regular trips from his home in Tennessee to New York City, where Itzhak Perlman had arranged a full scholarship to study with him at Juilliard. This early promise led to Mr. Goosby's orchestral solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine and then, at thirteen, his first time on stage with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People's Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. He has since crisscrossed the nation, appearing with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester, and Orlando philharmonics, and the Nashville, Memphis, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Modesto, Arkansas, South Bend, and New World Symphony orchestras.

"An exquisite tone and sheer virtuosity."


Now 24 years old, Mr. Goosby complements a demanding performance schedule with volunteer commitments that allow him to use his artistic skills to inspire and serve others. He is energized by collaborations with community engagement programs across the country, including Opportunity Music Project, which provides free lessons, instruments, and mentoring for children from low-income families in New York city, and Concerts in Motion, which provides private house concerts for elderly and homebound patrons.


"The program's soloist was guest artist Randall Goosby, who was outstanding. He had all the flash and speed one could want, but without sacrificing quality or expressivity. He handled the difficult, virtuosic passages and the lyrical slow movement themes with equal deftness."


"On stage, Mr. Goosby's interesting mixture of charisma and humility makes him a young artist as pleasing to watch as to hear. His technique and tone have great appeal, and as for musicianship one could only imagine that his mentor, Itzhak Perlman, has been a constant source of inspiration in Mr. Goosby's artistic development."


"To Goosby, this was a golden opportunity. For all his gifts with the violin, he is also a born teacher, a guy who listened intently to the questions from each child."


This season, Mr. Goosby balances Beethoven and Bruch with the music of Black composers, ranging from Tyshawn Sorey's "Cycles of My Being" to the concertos of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. He has been invited to appear with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Toledo, Mobile, and Wilmington, and in intimate concerts with the Lincoln Center Atrium Series, Kravis Center, Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, Salon de Virtuosi, Jupiter Chamber Players, FPC Concerts, Four Seasons Arts, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and Wigmore Hall.


A First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Goosby made his New York City and Washington, D.C. recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series. This season, he appears on the YCA Encore Series at the Morgan Library & Museum with pianist Zhu Wang.

In 2019, Mr. Goosby was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust, in partnership with Music Masters in London. He is also the recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award, through which he made two appearances at Carnegie Hall. Additional honors include recognition from NPR’s From The Top, Bagby Foundation, and the Stradivari Society, which named him a Rising Star.

Mr. Goosby is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he also earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as a Kovner Fellowship recipient and studied with Mr. Perlman, Ms. Cho, Laurie Smukler, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Goosby is an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics. He plays a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu of 1735, on generous loan by the Stradivari Society.


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