tanja goldberg

Tanja Goldberg

Tatjana Goldberg started learning the violin in Pula, Croatia with the Italian violin teacher Carlo Urbani, continuing her studies with Professor Petar Vrbancic in Zadar. As a young violinist she won several competitions and was sent to Moscow to study solo performance at the Conservatoire P. I. Tchaikovsky.

Tatjana graduated from the class of Boris Belenky in 1985 and the following year started to teach in Banja Luka University, Bosnia, where in 1987 she was named Teacher of the Year. In 1992 Professor Yfrah Neaman invited Tatjana to study in his class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but she discontinued her studies to try to rescue her family in Bosnia. However after Tatjana tragically lost her family she escaped to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she lived and worked from 1994.

Shortly after arriving in Rio Tatjana auditioned and was appointed co-leader of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and also formed chamber ensembles who performed all over Brazil. In Rio she became one of the small group of musicians regularly working for film and commercial work as well as playing for the ‘O Globo’- Brazil’s biggest TV station. In 1998 Boris Belkin invited Tatjana to play in his chamber orchestra during the summer festival in Reims, France, and in 2000 she was also invited by Pierre Amoyal to play in his festival in Switzerland. In August 2000 Tatjana married the violinist Nigel Goldberg and came to live in the UK. Tatjana made her London concerto debut in June 2001 at St. John’s Smith Square playing the Bruch violin concerto. In October 2002 Nigel and Tatjana toured Bosnia and Croatia giving a series of violin and viola recitals which were very well received by public and critics alike.

During the last ten years, besides playing in BBC and other orchestras, Tatjana has found herself increasingly in demand as a teacher. She takes great pride in being able to develop children of all abilities and at the Youth Music Centre she takes a class of five-year old beginners for one year followed by individual lessons thereafter. In an incredibly short time she manages to turn them into young violinists many of whom reach Grade 8 level before their teenage years. She believes that the duty of a teacher, like that of a parent is to help a child reach their full potential and she is immensely dedicated to that task.

In September 2015 Tatjana became a member of staff at the Purcell School and also teaches at the Middlesex and City Universities. In January 2016 Tatjana was awarded a PhD from the City University for her thesis ‘Maud Powell, Marie Hall & Alma Moodie: A gendered re-evaluation of three violinists’.