Biography

Violin

Signed to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of twenty-four, American violinist RANDALL GOOSBY is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship, his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, and for bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.

Mr. Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine. At thirteen, he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and became the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and of a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.

Highlights of Mr. Goosby’s 2021–22 season include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. He makes recital appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This performance marks his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices.

June 2021 marked the release of Mr. Goosby’s debut album Roots for Decca, a celebration of African-American music which explores its evolution from the spiritual through to present-day compositions. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Mr. Goosby has curated an album paying homage to the pioneering artists that paved the way for him and other artists of color. It features three world-premiere recordings of music written by Florence Price, and includes works by William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, plus a newly commissioned piece by Xavier Foley.

Mr. Goosby plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.