The violinist Szymon Goldberg was born in Wloclawek, Poland, in 1909. He moved to Berlin in 1917, where his principal teacher was Carl Flesch. Goldberg started his career as a concert artist at the age of 12. At 16, in 1925, he was appointed leader of the Dresdner Philharmonie. Furtwängler then chose him to be leader of the Berlin Philharmonic, a post he held from 1929 to 1934. Extensive concert tours followed which took him to the whole of Europe, Israel, Indonesia and Japan. During the war Goldberg found himself in Indonesia, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1942. Resuming his activities as a soloist after the war, Golberg gave concerts in Australia and the United States. He took up residence in New York in 1948, from where he toured the United States, South-America and Africa. He also frequently performed in Europe. In 1954 he played trios with Casals and Serkin during the Prado Festival. He also formed a duo with pianist Lili Kraus and, until 1933, a trio with Paul Hindemith and Emanuel Feuermann. He appeared in other chamber music combinations as well, including quartets, quintets and octets. Concerts with chamber orchestras during which he combined conducting and playing, became a major part of his professional life. In 1955 he became permanent conductor and musical director of the newly founded Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. With this group, he toured to Britain, the USA and other countries. The latter part of his life was spent in Japan, where he remarried and recounted the story of his life on television. He died in 1993.
(1909 - 1993)
Drawing violin-piano duo Goldberg Kraus