About this Artist
“For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others.” Randall Goosby’s own words sum up perfectly his commitment to being an artist who makes a difference. Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.
Highlights of Goosby’s 2022/23 season include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen, performing the Florence Price concertos; returns to London Philharmonic Orchestra with Alpesh Chauhan, Philharmonia Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dalia Stasevska; Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Tabita Berglund, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Karina Canellakis. Goosby will also make his debuts in South Korea in recital and in Japan with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Mark Wigglesworth, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor. Summer 2022 included debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam, with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under Elim Chan, and in recital at the Lucerne Festival with pianist Anna Han. Goosby alsoreturned to the Hollywood Bowl performing the Bach Double Concerto with his mentor, Itzhak Perlman, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Upcoming recital appearances include La Jolla Music Society, Vancouver Recital Series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Schubert Club International Series, featuring works by Boulanger, William Grant Still, Ravel, and Beethoven.
June 2021 saw the release of Goosby’s debut album for Decca entitled Roots, a celebration of African-American music that explores its evolution from the spiritual through to present-day compositions. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Goosby curated an album paying homage to the pioneering artists who paved the way for him and other artists of color. It features three world-premiere recordings of music written by African-American composer Florence Price and includes works by composers William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, plus a newly commissioned piece by acclaimed double bassist Xavier Foley, a fellow Sphinx and Young Concert Artists alumnus.
Goosby is deeply passionate about inspiring and serving others through education, social engagement, and outreach activities. He has enjoyed working with nonprofit organizations such as the Opportunity Music Project and Concerts in Motion in New York City, as well as participating in community engagement programs for schools, hospitals, and assisted living facilities across the United States. In the 2022/23 season, Goosby hosts a residency with the Iris Collective in Memphis with pianist Zhu Wang. Together they will explore how the student’s family history can relate to music and building community collaboration through narrative and performances.
Goosby was First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust in partnership with Music Masters in London, and, in 2020, he became an Ambassador for Music Masters, a role that sees him mentoring and inspiring students in schools around the United Kingdom. In 2010, he won first prize in the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award, a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation, and a 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant. An active chamber musician, he has spent his summers studying at the Perlman Music Program, Verbier Festival Academy, and Mozarteum Summer Academy.
Goosby made his debut with Jacksonville Symphony at age nine and with New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall at age 13. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Goosby continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Goosby plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.