[ General Interviews Interviews: Fellows ]

Six Questions: Justin Goldsmith, Cello

Get To Know the Festival's 2018 Fellows
July 27, 2018

JUSTIN GOLDSMITH started studying cello at age nine, and in high school studied with Julia Lichten and David Geber. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University with Felix Wang, he then did his master’s at Indiana University with Peter Stumpf and is currently finishing a Performer Diploma in Chamber Music as cellist of the Vera Quartet. The Quartet will move to Philadelphia this fall to become quartet-in-residence at The Curtis Institute. Outside of music, Goldsmith has worked as a barista and someday hopes to own an espresso machine. He dreams of one day entering a latte art competition. | veraquartet.com


What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?

Lately, hiking as much as I can. But in general if I’m being honest with myself, probably video/computer games..

What are the first 5 items on your playlist?

Debussy: String Quartet (different recordings)

Spoon: Do I Have To Talk You Into It

Talking Heads: Burning Down The House

The Walkmen: The Rat

Tame Impala: New Person, Same Old Mistakes

What book are you currently reading?

I recently finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Why did you choose your instrument?

I started on violin and then realized I liked sitting down while practicing

Do you have any pre-concert traditions?

I have a weird thing I do with my hands that feels like it gets blood flowing through my fingers. It’s probably psychosomatic, and the rest of my quartet laughs at it.

If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?

The Harlem Globetrotters