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Susan Goldenberg, First Violin

Violinist Susan Goldenberg has creatively shared her music throughout the world. She has been invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Yale at Norfolk and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. Goldenberg and her brother, William, have performed as the Goldenberg Duo for more than 35 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. 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. 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: Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Joseph Silverstein, William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn, Aaron Copland, Anne Manson, Bernard Labadie 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 35 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. In the summer, she volunteers with disabled children at CCVI-Children’s Center for Visually Impaired in Kansas City.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

I started music at age 7 with lessons in Dalcroze/Eurythmics at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.

How did you choose your instrument?

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

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

When I was in high school playing in orchestra as well as singing and dancing in the choir.

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.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Partitas.

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.

Who is your most inspiring composer?

Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák.

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 your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

Gil Shaham/Michael Stern and the Barber Violin Concerto from January 2010.

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!