Mario Gotoh is a Grammy Award-winning musician who has distinguished herself in dual roles as an innovative violinist and violist with an active and remarkably versatile performance style in all genres of music.
Mario was invited by Yo-Yo Ma to teach at the Youth Music Culture Guangzhou 2018 festival in China. She is a member of The Knights chamber ensemble, performs and tours with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble, and performs in William Kentridge's The Head & The Load at the Tate London, Ruhrtriennale in Germany, and the Park Ave Armory.
Mario has performed numerous times on The Grammys, SNL, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and performs and records regularly with stars including: Stevie Wonder, Roger Waters, Katy Perry, Sufjan Stevens, Adele, Sting, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Brian Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bublé, Twenty One Pilots, Aimee Mann, Perfume Genius, Joshua Redman, Norah Jones, Zulu Nation, Stevie Van Zandt, E Street Band, Damien Rice, Goldfrapp, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Maria Schneider, Escort, My Brightest Diamond, Vanessa Hudgens, Garrison Keillor & A Prairie Home Companion at venues such as The White House, Madison Square Garden, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Radio City Music Hall, Palace Het Loo, Carnegie Hall, The Met Museum, MoMA, Beacon Theatre, United Palace Theatre, Town Hall, Webster Hall Grand Ballroom, and Bowery Ballroom.
Mario has been invited to perform on worldwide broadcasts including NPR, CBC, PBS TV, TF1 French TV, NHK Japan, China Central TV, and has performed worldwide including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Aspen Music Festival, Vail Dance Festival ReMix NYC, Music@Menlo, the Festival Consonances (France), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), International Masterclasses Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Banff Centre (Canada), Boston Early Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, International Computer Music Festival, and National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts' National ARTS Week. As a soloist with orchestras from a young age, Mario has been featured with numerous orchestras, featuring works by Bach, Barber, Dvorak, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, Sarasate, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Walton. She has performed and or recorded with many prominent classical musicians, including the Emerson String Quartet, Brooklyn RIder Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Edgar Meyer, Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, Nobuko Imai, Frans Helmerson, Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, Philippe Graffin, and early music with Paul O'Dette, and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Mario has also recorded for film soundtracks, recently: Greatest Showman, Moonlight, and I Origins.
Mario is the original and current violinist-violist in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit and original soundtrack Hamilton.
Upon receiving her two Doctorates from Stony Brook University, Mario was awarded the prestigious SUNY-wide "Arts Honor" for "demonstrated excellence, originality and promise in the arts". Mario was also awarded and named SUNY Stony Brook University's "40 Under 40". She is a passionate teacher and has served in this capacity at a number of New York area institutions through the college level.
Mario is inspired by her interests in writing, visual arts, literature, a variety of music, cooking, swimming, and exploring cultures worldwide. She is writing original music for several upcoming projects.