Bendik Goldstein

Bendik Christopher Goldstein was born in Washington USA. He started his studies on violin at the age of six and viola in his early twenties. He has a Bachelor in Music Performance from the Academy of Music in Oslo, a Masters in Music and a post-graduate Soloist Diploma degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His teachers include, Isaac Schuldman, Lars Anders Tomter, Hartmut Rohde, Tatjana Masurenko and Henrik Frendin. Goldstein is an active soloist and chamber musician and has worked as principal violist in the Metropolitana Orchestra of Lisbon, solo violist in Bodø Symfonietta and solo violist in KammarensembleN. He has also freelanced with the top orchestras in Norway and Sweden like the Royal Opera Orchestra in Stockholm, Oslo Philharmonic, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Through the years Goldstein has attended many chamber music courses and festivals. He has studied with Zakhar Bron, Vladimir Repin, Terje Moe Hansen, Ulrik Knörzer, Franz Helmersen and Nobuko Imai. In High School, Goldstein won the talent prize and has since received artistic grants from Tom Wilhelmsen, The Swedish Royal Academy National Award, Ekbos Artist Grant and a stipend from Vestfold Bank in Norway.

In addition to playing classical violin and viola, Goldstein specializes in Bluegrass music (American folk music). Goldstein has won numerous Fiddle Competitions in the USA and is currently writing a Bluegrass book for the viola.