Ryu Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America, and Europe. Goto’s career began at age seven, when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Since then, Goto has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Münich Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Influenced by such renowned electric guitarists as Jimi Hendrix, Goto sometimes uses an aggressive playing style described as “ferocious” or “fiery.” He performs on the 1722 Stradivarius “Jupiter, ex-Goding” violin on loan to him from Nippon Music Foundation.

In this concert in the Museum’s European art galleries, Goto performs with accompaniment by pianist Kao Taniguchi. Goto presents this musical afternoon at the MFAH as a gift to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 


  • Edward Elgar, Opus 12, Salut d’amour
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin, KV31, 1st & 2nd Movements
  • Antonín Dvořák, Opus 55, No. 4, Songs My Mother Taught Me
  • Pablo de Sarasate, Opus 23, No. 2, Zapateado
  • Friedrich “Fritz” Kreisler, Schön Rosmarin

Free with Museum admission! Drop in to participate. Seating on campstools is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; ExxonMobil; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.