(Screening Jury Chairman)
United States of America
Praised by the Chicago Tribune for his ” incredible performance” and the Seattle Times as” ravishing” violist Elias Goldstein has distinguished himself as one of the great instrumentalists of his generation. Second prize winner of the 2011 world renowned International Primrose Competition, Second Prize Winner of the Bashmet International Competition, Prizewinner in the Tertis International Competition, he has achieved recognition and critical acclaim not only as a champion of his instrument but as a musical ambassador as well. In 2016 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall where he was the first violist invited to perform all 24 Caprices by Paganini, a program that later toured the United States and Europe. He is currently on faculty at University of Delaware and serves on the Executive board of the American Viola Society. He performs on a beautiful and rare Saint Cecille Vuillaume made in 1850.