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Hans Kristian Goldstein

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

We find out more about the young cellist who won first prize at the 2013 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition in Texas

I try to combine tradition with what’s in the score, and ultimately make it different from anything that’s gone before

‘I’ve been lucky enough to study with four great teachers,’ says US cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein, who won the $5,000 first prize at the Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition in Texas in January. The 25-year-old was taught by Hans Jørgen Jensen while still at high school, then Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute from the age of 17. Last year he completed a masters with Torleif Thedéen in Stockholm, and is now working towards a graduate certificate with Ralph Kirshbaum in Los Angeles. ‘I’ve been considering whether to get a degree for teaching at college level,’ he says. ‘It’s another way to learn about pieces in greater detail, and discover more about the scores.’


Born in Norway, Goldstein began studying the cello at the age of eleven (having switched from the violin), so he could perform chamber music with his two elder brothers. ‘They also played Bluegrass and country, and I joined an alternative rock band at school. That element of improvisation is still important to me now, and it’s something I’m working on with Ralph. I try to combine tradition with what’s in the score, and ultimately make it different from anything that’s gone before — but in an authentic way so that it becomes sincere.’

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