Assistant Professor of Viola
221 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
Dr. Elias Goldstein won second prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011 and recently made his Russian debut with the Mocow Soloists and the New Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Slatkovsky. He took second prize at the Bashmet International Viola Competition, and was also a top prizewinner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2010.
He has also won top and special prizes at the Andrews University International String Competition, and the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition in 2009.
He holds degrees from DePaul University (M.M.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A.) where he was a Collins Fellow. He has studied with Mark Zinger and with Sally Chisholm. As a soloist with orchestras, he has appeared with the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet, New Moscow Philharmonic, New Mexico Chamber Orchestra, Advent Chamber Orchestra, the Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra, and the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, where he won the annual concerto competition twice.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed as guest concertmaster with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He was a regular member of the Grant Park Orchestra, and has also performed with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member and principal violist of the Advent Chamber Orchestra. Recent master-classes and solo recitals include: University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri-St.Louis, and University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.
In recent chamber music collaborations, he has appeared with the Pro Arte Quartet on Wisconsin Public Radio, and the Midsummer Music Festival.
Dr. Goldstein was recently appointed to the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Music as an Assistant Professor of Viola. Before coming to LSU, he served on the faculty at Ball State University in Indiana. He is inspired by his violinist wife, Roxana Pavel, and their two children, Lukas and Linette.