American violin virtuoso Randall Goosby is deeply committed to passing on his passion for music to the younger generation, as he tells Amanda Holloway
Even a violin superstar needs a day off now and then. Randall Goosby is calling from the back of a taxi (the seatbelt is a giveaway) and admits that he’s just been playing a round of golf with a friend in upstate New York. Relaxed and refreshed, he’s heading back to his apartment in the city to prepare for a recital at his alma mater, the Juilliard School: the finale of a symposium dedicated to fostering the legacy of the great string teacher Dorothy DeLay. Goosby (now 27) was not one of DeLay’s students; instead he was the protégé of Itzhak Perlman and was recommended to the Juilliard junior programme by Perlman himself. He has just completed an artist diploma with Perlman and Catherine Cho at Juilliard, fitting it around a busy schedule of concerto and chamber performances around the world. Signed to Decca in 2020 at the age of 24, he released his first recording, a recital entitled Roots, in 2021, and his second, of violin concertos by Bruch and Price, in May 2023. You’ll also find him on the soundtrack of Chevalier, the flashy new biopic about 18th-century virtuoso violinist and composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – sometimes described as the ‘black Mozart’…
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