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11-year-old violin prodigy in concert tonight with APSU Symphony Orchestra

An 11-year-old violinist, hailed as a musical prodigy, will perform in concert tonight at Austin Peay State University.

Randall Goosby, Memphis, will be the featured soloist with the APSU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. Goosby will perform the D. Kabulevsky violin concerto, one of the major violin concertos.

The APSU Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Alvaro Gomez, director of orchestral activities and string specialist.
An 11-year-old violinist, hailed as a musical prodigy, will perform in concert tonight at Austin Peay State University.

Randall Goosby, Memphis, will be the featured soloist with the APSU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. Goosby will perform the D. Kabulevsky violin concerto, one of the major violin concertos.

The APSU Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Alvaro Gomez, director of orchestral activities and string specialist.

Dr. Gail Oturu-Robinson, professor and chair of the APSU Department of Music, said, “I heard him play during rehearsal last week, and he is simply amazing. This is a must-see! In fact, the entire program will be festive and exciting.”

At age 6, Goosby began violin studies with Gabi Teed in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2003, after one year of Suzuki studies with Teed, Goosby joined the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra's Foundation Strings.

Attendance at the 2004 Atlanta Suzuki Summer Camp intensified his passion for the violin. After returning to Jacksonville, Goosby began studies with Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, professor of violin, Stetson University. Two months later, he made his stage debut as a soloist at the Stetson University Young Strings Fall Concert, where he played Vivaldi Violin concerto in A minor.

In 2005, after two years of violin instruction, Goosby received honorable mention in the Junior Division Competition, International String Festivals, Bryn Mawr, Pa. He made his orchestral debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2006, performing Viotti violin concerto No. 23. In Summer 2006, Goosby traveled with Kroumovitch-Gomez and her husband, Alvaro Gomez, to the Schlern (Italy) International Music Festival.

Goosby was the youngest member of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra's Premiere and Repertory Orchestra and was the co-concert master of the latter.
Upon relocating to Memphis, Goosby joined the Memphis Youth Symphony as the youngest member of the first violin section. He continues to study with Routa Kromovitch-Gomez and Alvaro Gomez.

A sixth-grader at Arlington Middle School, Memphis, Goosby enjoys math and language arts, as well as basketball, football and building model cars.

For more information, contact Robinson-Oturu by telephone at (931) 221-7818. -- Dennie B. Burke