Ed Goldstein’s earliest memory is of standing in his crib while his father and his mother played tunes that he knew on violins.  He played violin and piano intensively growing up, starting piano lessons at the Peabody at age 5 ½, and by 11th grade was concertmaster of his high school orchestra.

The outgoing concertmaster also played sousaphone in the school’s Dixieland band.  As he had the cutest girlfriend in the orchestra, Ed decided the key to finding beautiful women was learning sousaphone...so he did!

Ed has spent his life in the Baltimore area including college at Peabody. He began playing with the ASO in 1974.

He says, “it’s great to play with an ensemble the caliber of the ASO and to watch the quality grow under José-Luis Novo!  I enjoy his musicality and professionalism as he shapes the concert throughout the week.  And I enjoy playing repertoire that is not part of the ‘standard’ rep.  I just love the actual performance, feeling confident and fitting my part within the framework of the entire piece.”

Ed’s favorite composers include Ennio Morricone, Revueltas, Thomas Newman and Bruckner. He loves to hear Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum play and he is eagerly anticipating all the works coming up this season with ‘large’ tuba parts.

For the past 24 years, he has taught at the college level and he is just about to start his 13th year teaching at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County.  Outside work he enjoys rediscovering his love of photography.

When Ed thinks about the future of the ASO, he has two main concerns: “we must find a new home – preferably our own hall that we would rent out to other organizations.  We must also increase our season so that the musicians can rely on this as our primary focus.”

From birth, music has been a very accessible form of communication and, for the past 40 years, it has been my primary form of income.  I have been very lucky.”