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Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby (20), has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010 at age 13. Shortly after winning the Sphinx Competition, Randall was invited to appear as part of the New York Philharmonic’s prestigious Young People’s Concert series at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. He was invited to play again with the New York Philharmonic in 2011 and remains the only African-American violinist to have soloed twice with the New York Philharmonic since its inception in 1864.
Randall also made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall at age 13 where he “exerted a mastery level of control and lavished an exquisite tone playing Ysaye’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3, a performance that won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” (NY Times Music Review).
Randall began violin studies at age 7 and has studied with several acclaimed violinists including Grammy-nominated violinist, Philippe Quint, Routa Koromovitch-Gomez and Alvaro Gomez. He currently studies with reigning violin virtuoso, Itzhak Perlman, and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School in New York where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and proud recipient of a prestigious Kovner Fellowship.
Randall made his solo orchestral debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 9 and attended and performed at the Schlern International Music Festival (Schlern, Italy) that same year. Thereafter, he attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME) and the next five summers at the Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY) which welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. And in 2011, Randall received a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard Pre-College program in New York where he commuted weekly from Memphis throughout high school.
Randall has performed with several major orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic (2010, 2011) Cleveland Orchestra (2011), South Bend Symphony (2011), Memphis Symphony (2011, 2012, 2016), Grand Rapids Symphony (2011, 2013), New World Symphony (2012), Buffalo Philharmonic (2012), Nashville Symphony (2013), Modesto Symphony (2014) and Arkansas Symphony (2015) among others. He has also made two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium (2010, 2012) as part of the Sphinx Organization’s Young Artist Development Program.
Randall received Grand Prize honors at the Memphis Youth Symphony Concerto Competition (2008), Germantown Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2009), The Young Artists Concerto Competition at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado (2009) and, at the age of 13, became the youngest First Prize Winner of the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition. Additionally, he received the prestigious Isaac Stern Award (2011) following his second solo performance at Carnegie Hall and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program (2012) which showcases performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians. Randall was also honored as the 2013 Rising Star of the Key West Impromptu Classical Concert Series in Florida honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society in 2015.
Since age 13, Randall has played on a magnificent Giovanni Paolo Maggini (c. 1600) on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.