"The Berg [violin concerto], dissonantly angelic, enjoyed
an unusual degree of spaciousness; one could make out every syllable of the
conversation between soloist and orchestra. Rarely does 12-tone music sound so
transcendent." BOSTON GLOBE
Violinist Keir GoGwilt was
born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City.
As a soloist he has performed with the Chinese National Symphony, the
Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival
Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, members of A Far
Cry, and has stepped in to workshop a new violin concerto by Anna Clyne with
the Chicago Civic Orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played
at festivals including the Luminato Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Italy,
Rockport Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, and Taos, and at venues including Miller
Theatre, Dumbarton Oaks, and National Sawdust.
GoGwilt has worked closely
with a number of composers including Tan Dun, Tobias Picker (recording of
violin and chamber music released with Tzadik Records), and Matthew Aucoin.
Together with Aucoin, they have given lecture-recitals on poetry and music at
Fordham University, the Scottish Poetry Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Several violin pieces have emerged from their collaborations, including “Poem,”
“Celan Fragments,” and a new violin sonata to be premiered in 2017.
GoGwilt is also active as a poet, scholar, and improviser, seeking to
critical and creative explorations. Collaborations with dancer Bobbi Jene Smith
have featured both his poetry and improvisations.
Graduating from Harvard
University with high honors in 2013, GoGwilt was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize
in the Arts. Currently he is completing his Master’s in music at UCSD.
GoGwilt has collaborated
with musicians including Anthony Roth Costanzo, Robert Levin, Charles Curtis,
Anthony Burr, and Erik Carlson, and has served as acting associate concert
master of the Canadian Opera Company. He has studied violin with Lewis Kaplan,
Christian Tetzlaff, Ute Hasenauer, Benjamín Ramírez, and poetry and
philosophy with Helen Vendler, Jorie Graham, Chris Hasty, and John Hamilton.