“Beautiful, soulful, melancholy, passionate and sensual”…”the Sonata abounded with character and colour”…”deep burnished tone” are words that have been used by music critics to describe the performances of Hans Kristian Goldstein. Born near Oslo, Norway in 1988, he started playing ‘cello at the age of eleven. His private studies began with Hans Jorgen Jensen and continued with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010. He now studies at the Edsberg Institute in Stockholm, Sweden with Torleif Thedeen.
Mr. Goldstein appears regularly as soloist with numerous professional and amateur orchestras since winning a competition to play with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. He has made radio and television appearances in the United States, Europe, and Africa. His recital engagements for the 2010/11 season include recital debuts at Baltimore's Shriver Hall Series and New York's Salon de Virtuosi. He has performed in numerous highly-regarded international music festivals, and was guest principle cellist with the Sarasota Festival’s orchestra in Florida.
Hans has received numerous awards and won a number of major competitions including 1st place in the 2008 Lennox International Young Artist Competition, the 2009 National Young Artist Competition, the 2009 Prize of the Violoncello Forum in Madrid, the 2009 Yale Gordon Competition, and the 2009 Alexander & Buono International String Competition. He was selected as one of the 25 cellists to compete in the XIV Tchaikovsky International Competition in June 2011. An article naming him “New Artist of the Month” appeared in the April, 2010 issue of “Musical America” and a solo recital was nominated as one of the top 10 musical events of the year by the Baltimore Sun. In January of 2010 he made a successful solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Since then he was awarded the 2011 Tom Wilhelmsen Culture stipend of Norway.
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