GoGwilt Violin

Keir GoGwilt
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Keir GoGwilt is a violinist, composer and musicologist who was born in Edinburgh and raised in New York City, where he currently lives. His work combines research and collaborative experimentation across a range of music and media. Known as a "formidable performer" (New York Times) with an "evocative sound" (London Jazz News) and "finger-breaking virtuosity" (San Diego Tribune), he has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. His recent compositional projects include his duo with bassist Kyle Motl, known for its "rhapsodic gestures" (The New Yorker), his albums 'hope lies fallow' with violinist Johnny Chang on Another Timbre, and 'Ortiz the Musician', which reimagines music from 16th century Mexico and Cuba. He is the studio composer for the Jack Quartet for the 2023-2025 seasons. As a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), he has performed original, collaboratively developed music and dance works at the 92nd st Y, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Luminato Festival, PS 122 COIL, American Repertory Theater, and the Ojai Music Festival. GoGwilt earned his doctorate in music from the University of California San Diego and was awarded the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal. While at Harvard, he studied literature and was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.

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