Renowned Violinist Ryu Goto Debuts At Carnegie Hall May 4, 2010, Launches Excellence In Music Initiative For NYC Students

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Internationally celebrated violinist Ryu Goto, making his debut at Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on May 4, 2010, has joined forces with the NYC Council, NYC Department of Education and S&R Technology Holdings, LLC to foster NYC student classical musical appreciation and talent through his far-reaching “Excellence In Music” initiative.

Ryu Goto, Internationally Renow Violinist Debuts at Carnegie Hall May 4, 2010

The New York City Council has long been committed to providing public school students with an arts education. We’re pleased that Ryu Goto is working with the Department Of Education to provide opportunities and assistance to deserving student musicians.

Acclaimed 21-year old Japanese-American violinist and native New Yorker Ryu Goto , currently majoring in physics at Harvard University (Class of 2010), created the Excellence In Music initiative to give back to New York by transforming the lives of NYC students through the power of music.

Goto Explains, “Through Excellence In Music, in cooperation of the New York City Council, S&R Technology Holdings, LLC and the NYC Department Of Education, I can give back to the city that has given me so much as an artist and a person. I’m excited to provide opportunities for NYC students to develop their talent and appreciation of classical music.”

The New York City Council was instrumental in making Excellence In Music possible.

NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn states, “ The New York City Council has long been committed to providing public school students with an arts education. We’re pleased Ryu Goto is working with the Department Of Education to provide opportunities and assistance to deserving student musicians as well as the chance for students across the city to experience and appreciate classical music. It’s our hope that Ryu’s “Excellence In Music” initiative will both support and encourage NYC students to recognize their talent and realize their goals.”

NYC Council Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson added, “I am delighted an artist of Ryu Goto’s caliber is bringing deserving NY students new ways to learn about and enjoy classical music, and to realize their aspirations as student musicians, and thank S&R Technology Holdings for making the Award possible.” He adds, “Such an opportunity (the concert, and open rehearsal) is possible ONLY in New York because of the concentration of cultural institutions that we have here and I hope Ryu's example will inspire other artists to share their time and talent with public school students throughout the city.”

Excellence In Music begins with two far-reaching efforts: the presentation of the Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Award, Sponsored by S&R Technology Holdings, LLC, on May 4, 2010, and an Open Rehearsal performance of his Carnegie Hall debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, taking place on April 30, 2010 at Stuyvesant High School. Future efforts include collaboration with the All-City Orchestra, master classes and one-on-one workshops.

States Paul King, Executive Director of the Department of Education’s Office of the Arts and Special Projects, The Department of Education thanks S&R Technology Holdings, LLC for their generous grant, and we are delighted to partner with a musician of Ryu's caliber. The Excellence in Music Award is a significant step toward fostering the development of musical talent and the study of classical music in New York City schools.”

The Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Award, an annual $1000 scholarship awarded to an exceptional student musician in the All-City Orchestra, will be presented at NYU’s Skirball Center, on May 4, 2010. The Award provides practical support to talented student musicians.

S&R Founders and Managing Members Dr. Kuno and Dr. Ueno state, “S&R Technology Holdings is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Ryu Goto, the NYC Council and the NYC Department Of Education to create the Excellent In Music Award, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship that allows us to provide assistance to talented NYC student musicians."

The April 30th Open Rehearsal of Ryu Goto’s Carnegie Hall concert at Stuyvesant High School, in collaboration with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, giving students an opportunity to see the creative process in action and enjoy some of the world’s finest musical talent.

Orpheus Executive Director Graham Parker affirms “The opportunity for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to collaborate with Ryu Goto, the NYC Council and the Department Of Education on this Open Rehearsal not only gives our musicians an opportunity to provide NYC students a view of the creative process, but helps to foster a love and understanding of classical music in general, and we are delighted to take part.”

Event Timetable:

April 30:

11:00AM, Stuyvesant High School: Open Rehearsal for NYC students.

May 4:

8:00PM, Carnegie Hall, Pearlman Stage, Stern Auditorium: Ryu Goto’s debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

9:15PM, NYU Skirball Center: Presentation of the first annual Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Award.

About Ryu Goto -
Ryu Goto is a globally renowned classical violinist, debuting at age 7 with Paganini's Violin Concerto #1 at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. As a soloist, he’s played with the National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Symphonica Toscanini, Vancouver, European Union Youth Orpheus, Shanghai and Taipei Orchestras and with renowned conductors that include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Myung-Whun Chung, Gerard Schwarz, Rossen Milanov, Yutaka Sado, Jonathan Nott and Yip Wing-sie. Ryu records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics Japan. Ryu's violin is the 1715 Stradivarius, known as the "Ex-Pierre Rode" and the"Duke of Cambridge". Currently a student at Harvard, Ryu also is a black belt in Karate.

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About The New York City Council
The New York City Council is the law-making body of the City of New York, comprised of 51 members from 51 different Council Districts in the five boroughs. The Council is an equal partner with the Mayor in the governing of New York City.

About The NYC Department Of Education
The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in more than 1,600 schools. The Department of Education supports universal access to arts education through the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education and holds schools accountable for meeting New York State Instructional Requirements for the Arts.

About S&R Technology Holdings, LLC
S&R Technology Holdings, LLC, was founded by Drs. Kuno and Ueno in 1999
in Bethesda, and has been supporting global entrepreneurs and new businesses since its inception.

About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has invigorated international audiences and critics alike with its superior artistry, energy, and distinctive approach to music-making. For more go to:


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