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Renowned Violinist Ryu Goto Debuts At Carnegie Hall May 4, 2010, Launches Excellence In Music Initiative For NYC Students

Acclaimed 21-year old Japanese-American violinist and native New Yorker Ryu Goto, currently majoring in physics at Harvard University (Class of 2010), created the Excellence In Music initiative to give back to New York by transforming the lives of NYC students through the power of music.

Goto Explains, “Through Excellence In Music, in cooperation of the New York City Council, S&R Technology Holdings, LLC and the NYC Department Of Education, I can give back to the city that has given me so much as an artist and a person. I’m excited to provide opportunities for NYC students to develop their talent and appreciation of classical music.”

The New York City Council was instrumental in making Excellence In Music possible.

NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn states, “The New York City Council has long been committed to providing public school students with an arts education. We’re pleased Ryu Goto is working with the Department Of Education to provide opportunities and assistance to deserving student musicians as well as the chance for students across the city to experience and appreciate classical music. It’s our hope that Ryu’s “Excellence In Music” initiative will both support and encourage NYC students to recognize their talent and realize their goals.”

NYC Council Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson added, “I am delighted an artist of Ryu Goto’s caliber is bringing deserving NY students new ways to learn about and enjoy classical music, and to realize their aspirations as student musicians, and thank S&R Technology Holdings for making the Award possible.” He adds, “Such an opportunity (the concert, and open rehearsal) is possible ONLY in New York because of the concentration of cultural institutions that we have here and I hope Ryu’s example will inspire other artists to share their time and talent with public school students throughout the city.”

Excellence In Music begins with two far-reaching efforts: the presentation of the Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Award, Sponsored by S&R Technology Holdings, LLC, on May 4, 2010, and an Open Rehearsal performance of his Carnegie Hall debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, taking place on April 30, 2010 at Stuyvesant High School. Future efforts include collaboration with the All-City Orchestra, master classes and one-on-one workshops.

States Paul King, Executive Director of the Department of Education’s Office of the Arts and Special Projects, The Department of Education thanks S&R Technology Holdings, LLC for their generous grant, and we are delighted to partner with a musician of Ryu’s caliber. The Excellence in Music Award is a significant step toward fostering the development of musical talent and the study of classical music in New York City schools.”

The Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Award, an annual $1000 scholarship awarded to an exceptional student musician in the All-City Orchestra, will be presented at NYU’s Skirball Center, on May 4, 2010. The Award provides practical support to talented student musicians.

S&R Founders and Managing Members Dr. Kuno and Dr. Ueno state, “S&R Technology Holdings is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Ryu Goto, the NYC Council and the NYC Department Of Education to create the Excellent In Music Award, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship that allows us to provide assistance to talented NYC student musicians.”

The April 30th Open Rehearsal of Ryu Goto’s Carnegie Hall concert at Stuyvesant High School, in collaboration with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, giving students an opportunity to see the creative process in action and enjoy some of the world’s finest musical talent.

Orpheus Executive Director Graham Parker affirms “The opportunity for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to collaborate with Ryu Goto, the NYC Council and the Department of Education on this Open Rehearsal not only gives our musicians an opportunity to provide NYC students a view of the creative process, but helps to foster a love and understanding of classical music in general, and we are delighted to take part.”

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