Every so often MT poses 60 questions to a local or visiting artist in Toronto who has made our classical music community that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers. A kind of Rorschach personality test, if you will.
Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo established herself with appearances around the world including the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony.
Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and plays on a 1703 “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin given to her by a private sponsor.
Your favourite sound?
Your least favourite sound?
Ticking of the clock
Your favourite smells?
Your least favourite smells?
First thing that comes to your mind when you think about Toronto?
If you could board a plane this afternoon, where would it be taking you?
The three books that you read that made an impact on you in your formative years?
Narcissus and Goldmund (Hesse), Lord of the Flies (Golding), The picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde)
Whose musical style do you covet?
David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein
Where was the last place you traveled to for work or pleasure?
Iceland for pleasure
The cliché that you overuse?
Life is short
Shoe of choice?
The different career path that you could have gone on?
Researcher in the field of nature or helping people in some way
Japanese French Canadian
Your three favourite films?
Vertigo, Splendor in the Grass, My Neighbor Totoro
Your most regrettable purchase ever?
A pet python I bought when I lost a bet
The character flaw in others that you can’t abide?
How do you know when you can trust someone?
What are you the most proud of?
Having wonderful, interesting friends
What is the best thing about your work?
The never-ending journey of discovery
What is the worst thing about your work?
Airports, air travel, jetlag
The talent that you wish you possessed?
What are you listening to as you answer these questions?
People talking around me on the airplane
What musical instrument do you secretly long to play?
Your favourite word?
The thing that makes you the angriest?
People hurting each other