Nigel Goldberg

Nigel Goldberg started learning the violin with the well-known Leeds violin teacher, Eta Cohen. His studies were sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and during that time he won first prizes at all the northern music festivals and also won the prize for the most outstanding performance at the National Festival of Music for Youth held at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on three successive occasions.

Soon after gaining his ARCM diploma at the age of seventeen he won the Corporation of London Stringed Instruments Scholarship to study on the Advanced Solo Studies course with Professor Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. An award from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund enabled him to continue his post-graduate 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 world famous musicians 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 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. From 1989 to 1999 he led the award winning West End show, Miss Saigon and led the Johann Strauss Orchestra as well as leading orchestras for Natalie Cole and touring with Shirley Bassey and Eric Clapton. Since August 2000 he has had the great pleasure of playing duos for violin and viola with his wife, Tatjana Goldberg and last year they formed the Tilanius Ensemble with Laura O’Gorman.

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 Youth Music Centre he has always held teaching posts at institutions such as Watford School of Music, Highgate School and the Latymer School, Edmonton. He has also been an adjudicator at the North London Festival and a judge at the International Competition of Israeli Music in London. Although it is always enjoyable working with advanced students in the last 10 years he has increasingly worked with younger children and in many ways he has found this work the most rewarding. His three books of original compositions for young violinists called Sounds of a Rainbow and Three Concertinos in the ‘Olden Style’ are published by Spartan Press and received high critical acclaim.

Nigel Goldberg plays on a fine Italian violin by J. B. Rogeri, 1703.