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Susan Goldenberg, First Violin

Violinist Susan Goldenberg has creatively shared her music throughout the world. A participant in many festivals, she has been invited to the Tanglewood, Grand Teton, Colorado and Blossom music festivals as well as Yale at Norfolk and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. Goldenberg and her brother, William, have performed as the Goldenberg Duo for more than 38 years at various universities and series, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Central Missouri and Kansas City’s Ruel Joyce Series, Westport Brown Bag Series. The Duo has enthusiastically captured audiences at the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy, The Les Arts George V Series in Paris and the St. Peter’s Church Series in England. They traveled to China in 2004 for performances and master classes in Beijing, Shanghai. In 2005, the Duo performed concerts in Scandinavia in Stockholm, Retsken Art Gallery in Bergen. Their British Columbia tour in 2006 included a Vancouver Art Gallery recital and the St. John the Divine Series in Victoria. They have toured Hawaii, Alaska, Baltimore/Washington, D.C., performing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the Steinway Series, Japan and Ontario/Quebec. Most recently they performed in the Ireland/Scotland, Eastern Europe, Maritime Provinces. The duo will teach and perform at the Shatford Arts Center Festival "Strings the Thing" the summer of 2018 in British Columbia. Susan was nominated Honoree of the Year by the KCMusical Club for 2018. Goldenberg earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda. She earned her Master of Music degree with a fellowship from Yale University. She studied with Franco Gulli, Broadus Erle and Tiberius Klausner, and throughout the years coached with Josef Gingold, Alexander Schneider and Gunther Schuller. She has worked with esteemed conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Joseph Silverstein, William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein, André Previn, Aaron Copland, Anne Manson, Bernard Labadie, Robert Spano, and Michael Stern. She has been in the first violin section of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Charlotte, North Carolina Symphony and has played for more than 38 years as a member of the first violin section of the Kansas City Symphony. She participates in the Community Connections Initiative (CCI) opportunities offered by the Kansas City Symphony. Goldenberg performs in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and has taught in the educational programs of Charlotte, N.C., the University of San Jose, Costa Rica and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Mich. Goldenberg has a private violin studio in Kansas City, and she has taught master classes at International Schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Hiroshima, Tokyo and Victoria College of Arts in Melbourne and Jan Albrecht Academy in Slovakia, University of Maine, Presque Isle. Susan performs in the Kinnor Philharmonic, an orchestra dedicated to Jewish/classical music in Overland Park at the Jewish Community Center. In the summer, she volunteers with disabled children at CCVI-Children’s Center for Visually Impaired in Kansas City. Susan volunteers at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving and Xmas Day.

Ten questions about me:

What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?

I performed at the Te Pa Pa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand - quite beautiful.

How did you choose your instrument?

My father played violin as an avocation, and I started lessons with him.

What year did you join the Kansas City Symphony?


What is your favorite thing about performing music?

It's a beautiful way to communicate to an audience and share gorgeous sounds of the composers. The orchestra is our way of reaching out to the community.

Who would you play in a movie?

Julie Andrews

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

I perform as part of the Goldenberg Duo with my brother, William, distinguished professor of piano at Northern Illinois University. We perform in October/March in various universities, series and art museums. I also perform in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

If I weren't a professional musician, my occupation would be:

Probably helping special needs children.

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

I truly feel like the musicians are my family. It's wonderful to come to work and try to blend, share, and make music.

What is the one item you must have on a desert island?


Which composer would you most like to have dinner with? And what would you serve or where would you eat?

Fritz Kreisler — Coffee and pastries!