Keir GoGwilt

Keir GoGwilt, violin (New York, NY), was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. As a soloist he has performed with Tan Dun, the Chinese National Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago. He has premiered many of Matthew Aucoin’s violin pieces including “This Same Light,” which he performed with Aucoin conducting the Encounters Ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum. Recently, Keir stepped in to workshop a new violin concerto by Anna Clyne with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has also performed concerti with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra and the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard. As a recitalist he has played at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Miller Theatre, and the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre. He has collaborated with Robert Levin on the world premiere of Levin's completion of a Mozart piano trio at the Sarasota Opera House, served as acting associate concert master of the Canadian Opera Company, principal second of the Gotham Chamber Orchestra, and recorded Tobias Picker's violin and chamber music for Tzadik records. Keir graduated from Harvard University with high honors and was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Devoted to promoting the relevance of music performance in a trans-disciplinary discourse, he continues to program and perform events combining music, poetry, and critical theory at venues such as the Scottish Poetry Library, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Fordham University. Keir has attended music festivals including Taos and Sarasota and has studied with Lewis Kaplan, Christian Tetzlaff, Ute Hasenauer, Benjamín Ramírez, Helen Vendler, Jorie Graham, Chris Hasty, and John Hamilton, among others.