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Lauded for his sophisticated combination of lyrical prowess, riveting intensity, and artful poise, the internationally renowned concert pianist Victor Goldberg has been widely considered one of the most important artists of his generation. Possessing a highly personal and individual approach to any music he interprets, Victor Goldberg has been hailed by music critics worldwide as a “poetic and pianistic wonder.” According to The Washington Post, “Victor Goldberg has technique to burn.”
Victor Goldberg has performed in such North American venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Pro Musicis International Concert Series in Boston; the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago; and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Performances worldwide have included such major European concert halls as the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria; Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic; the Kaunas Philharmonic Hall in Lithuania; Maza Gilde in Riga, Latvia; the Congress Hall in Kiev, Ukraine; Spiegelsaal Schloss in Rheinsberg, Germany; the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. Mr. Goldberg frequently tours in Asia, where he appeared at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, and Tianjin Concert Hall in China; Bear Hall and Yonsei Culture and Art Center in Seoul, South Korea; Philamlife Auditorium in Manila, the Philippines; and at Hong Kong University SPACE and Hong Kong UST Center for the Arts.
Victor Goldberg has additionally enjoyed numerous concerto appearances, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York, Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Mr. Goldberg has also performed at international festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the International Keyboard Festival in New York, the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Festival de la Ribagorza in Spain, the International Piano Festivals in the Canary Islands, and the Chiang Mai Music Festival in Thailand. An active chamber musician, Mr. Goldberg was in the spotlight at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University, performing with various chamber ensembles in five different concert events. Mr. Goldberg’s performances can often be heard on major classical radio stations, including WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago, WBGH in Boston, WRCJ in Detroit, dzFE in Manila, and Radio Television Hong Kong.
Mr. Goldberg’s international awards and honors include the Pro Musicis International Award, the Artist Recognition Award at the International Keyboard Festival in New York, the Honorary Diploma at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition, and first prize at the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition, among others. Mr. Goldberg has been applauded as a performer with a “masterful tonal command and a romantic soul” (New York Concert Review). Vesti of Tel Aviv remarks on Mr. Goldberg’s “rare gift to hypnotize the audience from the first chords,” and The Philippine Star believes that “he is incomparable; amazing, in a class by himself.” Forum of New York remarks, “[Goldberg’s] playing cannot help but elicit the strongest images of young Rubinstein and Horowitz.”
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared him an “Israel Cultural Ambassador,” and proclaimed, “Hailed as the new Horowitz, Victor Goldberg is fast becoming a musical legend.” According to the Jerusalem Post, Victor Goldberg “will bring honor not only to his own country, but also to the world of music.” Deeply attached to his Jewish heritage, Mr. Goldberg is an official representative of the Speakers Bureau of the Jewish National Fund, and he has performed numerous benefit concerts for the Jewish community, including the “Best of Israel” benefit for Israeli children at Norwalk Symphony Hall, as well as for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Hadassah. For his achievement in music, Mr. Goldberg was recognized by the World Congress of Russian Jewry, which honored him with the Artistic Mastery Award.
As part of his dedication to humanitarian causes, Victor Goldberg performed recitals organized together with the Israeli Embassy in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2010. These were the first high-profile classical music performances since the coup d’état in 1962. He also performed charity concerts, where he frequently incorporated oral presentations between performances to share his emotional connection and appreciation of the music with the audience. One such performance took place at a Buddhist orphanage, which allowed him to share his music with 6,000 children who had never had an opportunity to hear or experience a live performance of classical music. This occasion prompted Mr. Goldberg to co-found Key Vive Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting charitable causes by using the power of music to enrich the human spirit and bring people closer to one another. Key Vive Arts promotes a wide range of humanitarian causes in the form of benefit and interactive community concerts for under-served and non-traditional audiences.
Victor Goldberg studied under such renowned pianists as Jerome Lowenthal, Constance Keene, Alexander Shtarkman, Alexander Volkov, and Mark Shaviner. He has earned numerous honors and has been a full-scholarship recipient from the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Tel Aviv University, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the first instrumentalist in the school’s history to be awarded the prestigious Artist Diploma in Performance.
On the rare occasions he is not performing, Victor Goldberg divides his time between New York City and Israel.