Elias Goldstein (MUS ’06) took home second prize at the Sixth Yuri Bashmet International Viola Competition, held in Moscow from Jan. 24 through Feb. 1, 2010. He was the only violist from the United States at the competition this year and was the first American to win any of the top prizes since the competition began in 1993.
Goldstein performed the Walton Viola Concerto with the New Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Slatkovsky, and he also performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.
Currently, Goldstein is a doctoral student and a Paul Collins Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his principal mentor is Sally Chisholm. At DePaul University, he studied with Professor Emeritus Mark Zinger.
Goldstein is a member of the Grant Park Orchestra, and enjoys a busy schedule playing chamber music, giving master -classes and concerts abroad, and teaching privately. He and his wife, Roxana Pavel Goldstein, are co-founders of the Advent Chamber Orchestra. The couple resides in Bolingbrook, Ill., with their two children, Lukas and Linette.