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World-Renowned Violinist Performs With Norwalk Symphony Saturday

This is a performance by Ryu Goto in 2009 of Paganini's Introduction and Variation on "Nel cor piu non? mi sento, recorded in 2009.
This is a performance by Ryu Goto in 2009 of Paganini's Introduction and Variation on "Nel cor piu non? mi sento, recorded in 2009. Video Credit: Courtesy of officialryugoto

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will have a very special guest at its concert Saturday evening, when the Japanese-American virtuoso violinist Ryu Goto performs with them.

Goto was a child prodigy, making his debut at age 7 performing Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1 for a sold-out audience at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Today he tours the world constantly, playing with the London Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and numerous national orchestras.

Although he's something of a rock star in Japan, with his own TV show, fan club filled with young girls and national advertising deals. This is especially impressive given that his older sister is Midori, one of the most famous violinists in the world. She was one of the first young Asian violinists to come to the United States, creating a sensation when she performed at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic.

Goto will play the Brahms D Major violin concerto with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Saturday. The concert also features the choir of Westport's Christ & Holy Trinity Church will lead a consortium of choristers in Faure's haunting Requiem with soprano soloist Amelia Watkins and baritone soloist Matthew Singer.

The concert is Saturday May 4 at 8 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall at 125 East Ave. It is dubbed a "Peace Concert," in honor of the people who died or were hurt in the Newtown shootings and Boston Marathon bombings. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County. Goto is donating his performance as part of this benefit.

You can see videos of some of Goto's performances on his website .  You find ticket information on the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra website .

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