Biography

Malcolm Goldstein

  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, 1936
  • Composer • Performer (violin)

A composer, violinist and improviser, Malcolm Goldstein has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s, when he participated in the Tone Roads Ensemble, Judson Dance Theater and Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York City. Though trained as a classical violinist, his music became focused on open improvisation (Soundings received acclaim for having “re-invented violin playing”) and structured improvisation-composition. Numerous composers — as diverse as John Cage and Ornette Coleman — have written music for him. Since the late 1970s he has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, where he has presented concerts of his music at several New Music America festivals, the Acustica International Festival (West German Radio, Cologne), and as director of the Ensemble for New Music of the Frankfurt Hessischer Rundfunk.

On Disc

  • A new vision of John Cage, via his complete works for string quartet…
  • Moving freely from avant-garde events to traditional concerts, the Bozzini Quartet was characterized by the Irish Times as a “group which gets its teeth into music: quiet or loud, fast or slow, these Canadian musicians play with compelling engagement…