Goosby home to perform with PRIZM, Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Randall Goosby stepped onto the Germantown Performing Arts Center stage for practice Friday afternoon as applause rippled across the room – from the members of Memphis Symphony Orchestra – many of whom watched him grow up.

The 19-year-old from Bartlett is the violin soloist Sunday in the orchestra’s Vivaldi Seasons concert, one of the best-selling performances of music director Mei-Ann Chen’s tenure here.

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Former contest winner at Juilliard

On Saturday, Music in the Mountains concertgoers heard the winner of the conservatory’s Concerto Competition performing with the Festival Orchestra.

But I, for one, always start thinking about previous winners, as just by chance I happen to know about one, Randall Goosby, who won in 2009 at the tender age of 13.

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A Stroke of Genius

Working in his Bartlett home, 15-year-old Randall Goosby looks serious, thoughtful. He’s practicing a new violin concerto, a piece that requires all of his concentration. In days, he’ll play the piece of music before the world’s top violinist, Itzhak Perlman.

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Violinist’s future will be bright one

Conservatory Music in the Mountains student Randall Goosby, 13, was the man of the hour – well, young man of the hour – at Sunday’s Fiery Finale. He won the first Young Artists Competition during a three-part contest, sponsored by Bill Ballantine, Elizabeth Ballantine and Helen Ballantine Healy. In addition to a cash award of $750, as the Grand Prize winner, Randall won the opportunity to perform with the full Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra at the season’s final concert.

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