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Louis Goldstein
Louis Goldstein, Piano Faculty

Louis Goldstein was co-founder and co-director of the California New Music Ensemble and an associate member of the Los Angeles Group for Contemporary Music and Newband, in New York City. His CD recordings of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes, Dream, and One5, and Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories have garnered accolades from print and internet sources as well as fellow musicians (“One of the most beautiful piano recordings ever made,” Fanfare; “The year’s best piano release,” La Folia). His most recent recording, of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus (Nuscope Recordings), ranked in the top 10 modern composition recordings of 2010 by The Wire Magazine.

In 2012 Goldstein conceived and curated a 7-week, 15-event celebration honoring John Cage during his centennial year. In 2013 he was cast as the on-stage pianist, performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, in Festival Stage Winston-Salem’s production of Moises Kaufman’s award winning play 33 Variations. Also in 2013 Goldstein received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wake Forest University. Louis Goldstein holds degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM), California Institute of the Arts (MFA), and Eastman School of Music (DMA and Performer’s Certificate). He is a professor of music at Wake Forest University.

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Bio on Wake Forest University website

Louis Goldstein, Professor, 1979 –

20100930goldstein2494Email: louieg@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-5368
Office: M317 Scales Fine Arts Center

Louis Goldstein’s early piano study was with a wonderful private teacher named Margaret Schmitt.  Further studies occurred at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM), California Institute of the Arts (MFA), and Eastman School of Music (DMA and Performer’s Certificate), including piano study with Rudolf Ganz, Joseph Hungate, Leonid Hambro, and David Burge.

Long fascinated with music of his own time, Dr. Goldstein was co-founder and co-director of the California New Music Ensemble and an associate member of the Los Angeles Group for Contemporary Music and Newband, in New York City.  In ensembles and as a soloist, he has championed cutting edge work of current composers.  His faculty recitals at Wake Forest present an absorbing blend of past masters such as Haydn, Beethoven, and Debussy, 20th-century giants such as Copland and Stockhausen, and the latest innovations of today.  His CD recordings of John Cage’s Sonatas and InterludesDream, and One5, and Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories have garnered accolades from print and internet sources as well as fellow musicians (“One of the most beautiful piano recordings ever made,” Fanfare; “The year’s best piano release,” La Folia).  His most recent recording, of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus (Nuscope Recordings), ranked in the top 10 modern composition recordings of 2010 by The Wire Magazine.

Another special interest of Dr. Goldstein’s is American music.  For 15 years he was on the faculty of the American Foundations program at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, named the best summer course in North America by the Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies.  He is also an active member of the Society for American Music.  In 2012 Goldstein conceived and curated a 7-week celebration at Wake Forest, honoring the composer John Cage during his centennial year.

In 2013 he was cast as the on-stage pianist, performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, in Festival Stage Winston-Salem’s production of Moises Kaufman’s award winning play 33 Variations.  Also in 2013 Goldstein received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Over the years, Dr. Goldstein has been active as a recitalist, accompanist, and ensemble member, and has appeared as a soloist in such venues as New England Conservatory, Yale, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Universities of Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Louisville, and Florida State, as well as in Canada, The Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and Israel.  At Wake Forest he teaches Piano, Piano Literature, First Year Seminars, and Introduction to Western Music.

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REVIEW EXCERPTS

 

Louis Goldstein, pianist (WFU faculty since 1979) is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading interpreters of music by John Cage and Morton Feldman.  His CD recordings of piano music by these two composers have garnered spectacular notice throughout the United States and also in Europe.  His most recent CD was named on Wire’s (U.K.) “10 Best” list for contemporary recordings, 2010.  Comments like these are customary:

 

One of the most beautiful piano recordings ever made. This deserves to become a classic of late twentieth century piano music and is an absolutely obligatory purchase.

John Story,  Fanfare, July/August 2002

 

The year’s best piano release … I will have no other recording of Triadic Memories in my collection. Seek out this recording. Demand your local outlet carry it.

Chu Covell,  La Folia

 

One of the most memorable piano performances of any kind this critic can recall hearing.  One scarcely realized that 64 minutes of music had elapsed.”

David Cleary,   New Music Connoisseur

 

… the effects are subtle and pervasive. Louis Goldstein, guest pianist and acknowledged master interpreter of this work,[presented] an astonishingly intimate panoply of sounds.  He stopped the clock, left us calmly ecstatic, with a transcendent glimpse into a quizzical afterlife.

Boston Musical Intelligencer,  Fred Bouchard,
June 21, 2012

 

Goldstein’s already recorded a heavenly version of the Sonatas and Interludes.

Goldstein’s new version [of Triadic Memories] … makes the piece a real mind-blowing experience.  His sound is beautiful, never overpowering; and, more important, he’s totally committed to Feldman’s vision.

Rob Haskins,  American Record Guide, Nov./Dec. 2000

 

I suspect that my response to One5 and Sonatas and Interludes falls remarkably close to those “ecstasies of admiration” of Paderewski’s public. It does seem to this listener that in Louis Goldstein, Cage has his Paderewski.I have no performance of Triadic Memories on recording that attempts to “speak” in quite this way.I count these CDs invaluable additions to my Cage and Feldman collections.

                     Mike Silverton,  La Folia, Volume 3, Number 1, Nov. 2000

 

an inventory of sharply polished, lush beauty, tolling sound by sound.

Matthew Guerrieri,  Boston Globe, June 18, 2012

 

He is a superb artist with great command of sound, a technique that perfectly serves his intentions that are motivated by profound understanding nurtured through long acquaintance.  His control of nuance is fantastic.  This is a performance that lifts one out of the dull world created by our exhaustion, gives our senses vitality and reveals the world in all its radiant beauty. 

                          Gordon Rumson,  ComposerUSA, Winter 1996-97

 

Last night I heard, for the first time, one of the most beautiful recordings of piano music I’ve ever encountered—a new recording of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus by Louis Goldstein.

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10 BEST OF ’96: CLASSICAL ALBUMS,  by John W. Lambert,
Spectator Magazine, December 20, 1996

  1. Cage: Dream (1948). Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48).            Louis Goldstein, piano. (Greensye 4794 [DDD]; 72:04)

 

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