A well-known figure on the Boston music scene, the violinist spent almost 25 years as concertmaster of the Boston Ballet 

Maynard Goldman

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US violinist Maynard Goldman died on 20 June at the age of 88. Among the many diverse ensembles he performed with were the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Lawrence, MA, on 7 August 1935, Goldman began playing the violin at the age of eight. He graduated from Boston University in 1956 and during his army service entered the music department at West Point Academy. Returning to Boston, he began a successful career as a freelance violinist. He spent nearly 25 years as concertmaster of the Boston Ballet, holding the same position with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Boston Opera Company, later the Boston Lyric Opera. He also continued to perform ad hoc with touring musicians, from Pavarotti to Aerosmith.

Goldman performed in places as diverse as Japan, Korea, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He played a key role in founding the John Oliver Chorale and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and he served as concertmaster for London’s Royal Ballet of England during a tour of America.

As a teacher, Goldman became director of applied music at Concord Academy, from which he retired in 2001. He was also a chamber music coach at Brandeis University, where he also contributed to the resident string quartet and mentored many young violinists starting their careers in Boston. In his retirement, he worked as a fixer for most of the ensembles across Massachusetts.

He played a violin made in 1740 by the Mantua maker Camillo Camilli.

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