One of today’s most sought-after violinists, Karen Gomyo was born in Tokyo and moved to Montreal as a 2-year-old. Her development was so fast that she moved to New York to study at Juilliard aged only 11. She later pursued her studies at Indiana University, graduating from New England Conservatory (2007), where she was a student of Donald Weilerstein. She has had an active career since, performing with every major American and Canadian orchestra and with some of the top European ones. Her wish to strengthen her ties with Europe was a reason behind her moving to Berlin. As a chamber musician, Karen has enjoyed collaborations with musicians like Heinrich Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emmanuel Pahud, Alisa Weilerstein or Paul Meyer. About ten years ago she met Piazzolla’s former pianist, Pablo Ziegler, and the two developed an artistic relationship since. Other than Ziegler, she has fruitful tango collaborations with bandoneon players Hector de Curto and JP Jofre, prompting some tango ‘insiders’ to declare that if there would be an ‘all-star’ Nuevo Tango quintet today, Karen would definitely be the violinist in it. She is the author of a transcription for violin and string orchestra of Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’. Karen also takes a keen interest in new music: she made premieres of pieces by Matthias Pintscher, Peteris Vasks and Samuel Adams and helped revive Swedish composer’s Bo Linde’s Violin Concerto (which she also recorded for Naxos). For BIS she recorded a program in which she joins Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen. Karen plays the 1703 ‘Aurora ex-Foulis’ Stradivarius violin.