Hot young violinist gets two managers

Hot young violinist gets two managers


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2021

The American violinist Randall Goosby, 24, has signed with two managements – Primo Artists in NY and HarrisonParrott in London.

He already has a record contract with Decca and he’s about to release Roots, a celebration of African-American music.

Too hot for one agency to handle.


  • Couperin says:

    Go, Juilliard!

  • JoshW says:

    Oh, um, where did he go to school? What’s that? To the “esteemed” University of Michigan? To the “underrated” Manhattan School of Music? Gosh, no – he’s a Juilliard grad. I guess he couldn’t get a job at Starbucks.

    • D says:

      He was a Kovner Fellow at Juilliard, meaning he got a full ride. He’s seriously talented.

    • LHD says:

      JoshW, I assume you went or go to Julliard, good for you. Attending such institutions tends to give one an air of superiority and smugness that is unmistakable and always off-putting. I graduated from Curtis in 1981 and left as arrogant and entitled as any who attend such an institution until I realized that no one cares. Boasting of your high pedigree doesn’t especially endear you to your “lesser” colleagues. This incessant comparing penis size about which school is “the best” is tiresome and pointless. Mr. Goosby is a young, pretty, technically proficient (with some intonation problems), boring cookie cutter player who will have a career of a few years than disappear like the vast army of forgotten whiz kids who preceded him only to be replaced by another “hot young violinist” in short order.

      • zeno north says:

        Enjoy your day.

      • JoshW says:

        LHD – Your response is a thing of beauty – lecturing me about how you realized that being an arrogant Curtis grad is invalid – while then being an arrogant Curtis grad trashing a young musician and predicting his certain demise. Your lack of self-awareness is absolutely hilarious. To say nothing of your racism.

        • Elizabeth says:

          Your comments are stupid. But you make them so people will respond so hopefully this is the last time I will fall prey to that weakness… but when you throw racism in there you are desperate for attention. So here’s some more. There was nothing racist in LHD’s response. That is a reckless and irresponsible use of the term. I however am becoming proudly anti-JoshW.

  • John Borstlap says:

    It’s one management for the left hand and one for the right one.

  • JYF says:

    ‘he’s about to release Roots, a celebration of African-American music’

    He’s a professional black person then; not a serious musician. What a shame.

    • BRUCEB says:

      …Because no serious musician* would celebrate African-American music.

      Which pretty much removes Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman from the roster of serious musicians, since they did that concert of spirituals together back in 1990.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Yeah, nothing racist in this comment. I think we know where the “shame” should be.

    • Althea T-H says:

      What an ignorant comment from an pseudonymous poster.

      Presumably he’s exploring widely-ignored Black classical repertoire. Classical music is almost moribund with its constant ‘same old, same old’ by every new talent that arises. Let this young man show off his research skills.

      You can judge the seriousness of the music – and his artistry – once he has performed it.

    • CK says:

      David Duke would like to know if you’ve dusted off your white hood recently

    • Kyle Wiedmeyer says:

      The albums out on streaming services now if you want to listen to it, and he sounds great. If black composers don’t wet your whistle, he included Antonin Dvorak’s Sonatina, Op. 100 for people like you!

  • Michael Lemieux says:

    The new album is absolutely wonderful. It’s already available on Spotify. I heard him interviewed on the latest Gramophone podcast and he impressed me as intelligent, articulate and quite well-versed in both American music and classical music.

    Yes, the PR about him is over-the-top but he is the real deal.

  • Franz1975 says:

    Hot, young, black, and with the racial speech (just launches a recording celebrating black composers). This guy is the star of the moment because all that is so much in fashion… even if this violinist wasn’t good, he would have an amazing career.