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As a violinist and violist, Raúl is comfortable in classical, popular and traditional playing styles. He is currently a regular guest in the violin section of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of Acadiana Symphony and Baton Rouge Symphony, where he held the position of Assistant Principal Viola (2007-2008). In 2008 Raúl was one of the winners of the LSU School of Music Dean’s Concerto Competition, performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Soloist appearances include performances with the Miami Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Youth Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta and LSU Symphony.
Raúl Gómez was born in Costa Rica and started playing the violin at age 9, under the instruction of Professor Jose A. Castillo, with whom he studied for 13 years. At age 16 he was the youngest member of the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra. During his undergraduate studies in Costa Rica, he held the position of concertmaster for the Costa Rican Youth Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, leading the ensemble through many performances in San Jose and on concert tours in Michigan, Washington D.C., Madrid and Amsterdam.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Gómez was selected as a Costa Rican representative for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. During his time as a fellow, he traveled with this orchestra to Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, England, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay and several cities in the United States.
After private studies with virtuoso violinist Dylana Jenson in Michigan, Raúl completed graduate degrees at Louisiana State University (D.M.A. in orchestral conducting and M.M. in violin performance), where he studied with Carlos Riazuelo, Kevork Mardirossian and Espen Lilleslatten. As a graduate student at LSU, he was a Sidney M. Blitzer violinist and a Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Fellow. Raúl has also studied with jazz violinist Christian Howes in his annual Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, OH.
Raul Gomez | Conductor, Violinist, Violist | New Orleans, LA
Violin, Viola, Conducting, Costa Rica