About Tamara Goldstein
Pianist Tamara Goldstein enjoys a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician, educator, and recitalist. From a musical family, she received her early training at the pre-college divisions of the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School before earning performance degrees at Indiana University (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (DMA). Since 1999, she has been on the collaborative piano staff of the Aspen Music Festival and School, assisting renowned string faculty and coaching and performing with gifted students. Tamara has travelled with recital partners for performance and teaching engagements on five continents and has served as a presenter and performer at numerous national and international conferences.
Tamara has been teaching piano for over four decades. Currently adjunct faculty at the Lamont School of Music, at the University of Denver, Tamara teaches piano ensemble courses there and is a frequent recital partner with visiting artists, faculty and student performers. As piano faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center, Tamara has taught for the Adult Piano Seminar summer intensives, as well as for community lessons programs. She has been a musical mentor at underserved elementary schools as part of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s educational outreach program, Very Young Composers. Her pedagogical approach is flexible and holistic, addressing each student’s individual learning style. She prioritizes the development of musicianship as well as healthy, efficient technique, the cultivation of musical understanding and appreciation in addition to the study of a wide range of piano repertoire and styles. Some influences include training in Suzuki method with its focus on listening and creative fun for younger beginners, guidance as a graduate teaching fellow at Juilliard instructing secondary piano to music majors, mostly intermediate level, as a Juilliard staff pianist, and from countless master class experiences, as a frequent auditor, pianist, and artist-teacher.
Drawn to Colorado from spending several summers as a piano student at the Aspen Music Festival, Tamara moved to Boulder from NYC in the early ‘90s. She has been an active figure on the Colorado classical music scene ever since, received enthusiastic acclaim for her many appearances as concerto soloist with regional orchestras, as pianist with Central City Opera, Colorado Symphony & Chorus, Colorado Children’s Chorale, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Colorado Opera Troupe, and Colorado Chamber Players. among others. She enjoys collaborative partnerships with academic music faculty and symphony musicians nationwide and enjoys creating entrepreneurial initiatives that aim to connect audiences and performing artists in unique ways. Examples of Tamara’s entrepreneurship include Founder/Artistic Director “Piano Celebration” – twelve annual interdisciplinary symposiums that she produced throughout her tenure as Associate Professor and Keyboard Chair at Metropolitan State University of Denver. More recently, during the pandemic, Tamara was invited to create/produce a live-music “rooftop” series in Aspen, and presented 18 eclectic, successful music events during the 2020 summer season.