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Young Artist in Residence: Randall Goosby

Violinist Randall GoosbyPhoto: Kaupo Kikkas

Young Artist in Residence: Randall Goosby


April 15, 2021

When violinist Randall Goosby was 6 years old, he was told that his hands were too small for the violin and that most aspiring violinists quit because of the difficulty. Its a good thing he didn't listen. Today, at 24 years old, Goosby is an award-winning violinist who performs all over the world with a debut album on the horizon with Decca Classics.

Goosby made his solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony when he was 9 years old. Since that time he has appeared with such orchestras as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester, and Orlando philharmonics, and the New World Symphony. As of Spring 2021, he can now add PT Young Artist in Residence to his impressive resume.

In addition to his demanding performance schedule, Goosby finds time to serve others through various community engagement programs across the country and in the UK. He gives private concerts for elderly and homebound patrons through a non-profit organization in New York City called Concerts in Motion. He also gives private virtual performances for COVID-19 patients through the non-profit organization Project: Music Heals Us.

Near and dear to his heart is playing music written by Black composers like Tyshawn Sorey and Florence Price. And, when we asked what motivates him the most, Goosby said that having the opportunity to inspire just one person to pick up an instrument or go check out a new piece is his ultimate goal.

Currently, Goosby is pursuing an Artist Diploma with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he also earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Goosby appears in these performances with pianist Zhu Wang.

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