Nigel Goldberg

Composer Information: Nigel Goldberg

Nigel Goldberg started learning the violin with the well known violin teacher, Eta Cohen. His studies were sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and during that time he won the prize for the most outstanding performance at the National Festival of Music for Youth on three successive occasions.

Soon after gaining his A.R.C.M. diploma at seventeen he won the Corporation of London Stringed Instruments Scholarship to study with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music. An award from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund enabled him to continue his studies with  Emanuel Hurwitz. In October 1981 the Worshipful Company of Musicians promoted Nigel Goldberg’s London debut and the following month he won the third competition for Northern Musicians.

Since that time, besides studying with Artur Balsam, Denis Matthews and Hans Keller, Nigel Goldberg has been in much demand as a leader and chamber musician playing in many festivals and directing such groups as the London Gala Soloists and Versus Ensemble in Spain. He led the Johann Strauss Orchestra for many years and the hit musical Miss Saigon for its entire West End run He is also involved in films and television as a musical consultant and performer, this work taking him to Europe and the United States of America.

During all that time however, his constant and abiding passion has been working with young children. From being assistant to his first teacher, Eta Cohen in Leeds to his present position as Artistic Director of the Youth Music Centre he has always held teaching posts at institutions such as Watford School of Music, Highgate School, the Latymer School, Edmonton  as well as having a private practise in Finchley, Church End. For the first time this year he has been invited to adjudicate at the North London Festival as well as serving on the jury for the first International Israeli Music Competition.

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