Julia Goldstein as a child

…Julia Goldstein as a child in Moscow

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Julia Goldstein – Biography

Julia Goldstein was born in Moscow in 1964, the daughter of the violinist Boris Goldstein and the violin educationalist Irina Goldstein. She took her first piano lessons at the age of five with Nune Khachaturian, daughter of the famous composer Aram Khachaturian.

By the time she was fourteen years old, Julia Goldstein had won first prize in the “Jugend musiziert” competition, at the Grotrian Steinweg Competition in Braunschweig and at the “Concertino Praga” Competition in Czechoslovakia, followed by a concert tour. In 1980 she toured Portugal with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Lower Saxony as the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto. Julia Goldstein won yet another first prize in 1981 at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg, and third prize at the International Alfred Cortot Youth Pianist Competition in Milan. It was at this time that she embarked upon her official music studies at the State College of Music and Drama in Hanover. In 1984 she was awarded a bursary from the German People's Study Foundation. She then took a course of study abroad with Professor Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

In 1984 Julia Goldstein concluded her music studies in Hanover in Professor Karlheinz Kämmerling's class by gaining her qualification as a state-registered music teacher, and in 1986 she passed the examination of artistic maturity. This was followed by postgraduate studies at the Folkwang College in Essen in Professor Boris Bloch's master class, culminating in 1991 with her concert examination playing Brahms's First Piano Concerto.

Thanks to her close collaboration with her father, the noted Russian violinist Boris Goldstein, she developed a love over the years for chamber music. Julia Goldstein has recorded the Violin Sonatas of Brahms and Franck together with him. She has also played with such well known musicians as Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Christoph Marks, Julius Berger, Alexander Rudin and Kathrin Rabus as well as undertaking a number of concert tours to Spain, Italy, Belgium, France and Russia.

Concert engagements have brought her together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hamburg, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn and the conductor Gustav Kuhn. She has attended several festivals such as “Musikland Niedersachsen” and the Rakhmaninov Festival in Tambov, Russia, and has performed in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow.

In addition to her solo and chamber career, Julia Goldstein has made a name for herself as a piano educator. Even at the age of fourteen, she was keenly interested in the educational aspects of various teaching methods and was able after a short time – thanks to her expanding experience – to lay the foundation stone for her own personal method and concept of teaching.

Thanks to the great fortune of having met many of the great and leading music teachers of the late twentieth century and worked with some of them, Julia Goldstein has become familiar with the traditions of various schools, and incorporated them into her own method. Between 1989 and 1997, for instance, she was a regular assistant interpreter at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in the piano courses given by the Russian teacher Lev Naumov.

From 2002 to 2005 Julia Goldstein was a lecturer of piano at the College of Music in Nürnberg-Augsburg.

The musical tradition of the Goldstein family continues. Julia Goldstein and her pianist husband Wolfgang Manz have three children, all of them musicians.