Special Guest Allyson Goodman
Praised for “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review,
25-year-old violist Allyson Goodman stands out as an artist who captures the uniquely dark and expressive qualities of the viola in her performances while also showing brilliant technique.
Most recently taking Grand Prize at the 2013 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, Allyson has also been a prizewinner in the Irving M. Klein International Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and Musicians club of Women Competition, amongst others. Allyson is scheduled to perform as guest soloist with the Conroe Symphony and Allen Philharmonic this season as part of the grand prize for the Young Texas Artists Competition. Additionally, she will play a series of solo recitals in Chicago as part of her prize for the Musicians Club of Women Competition.
An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Allyson has collaborated with composers such as Bernard Rands and Richard Danielpour, and has played with the Houston Grand Opera, the New World Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In April 2013 she premiered Marty Regan’s chamber opera The Memory Stone for string quartet, koto (Japanese harp), shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and four voices with the Houston Grand Opera in addition to performing György Kurtag’s Signs, Games, and Messages for solo viola at the 2013 Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, SC. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center as well as many other festivals, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Artosphere Festival in Arkansas, and Margess International Festival in Switzerland.
Allyson completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University with Roland Vamos and graduate studies at Rice University with James Dunham where she was awarded the prestigious Brown Fellowship. Allyson currently resides in Miami Beach, FL, where she is a viola fellow in the New World Symphony Orchestra.