DSO member since 1991
Laurie Goldman was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York. When she was three years old, her family moved to Lawrence, Kansas. A year later, her mother had a chance encounter with another mother in the area which led to Goldman beginning violin lessons with Eleanor Allen, a Suzuki violin teacher. Mrs. Allen was an excellent teacher, and many of her pupils became professional violinists. Goldman attended Haverford College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in the Philadelphia area, she studied with David Arben, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster. She received a Master of Music at the University of Michigan where she studied with Camilla Wicks and Jacob Krachmalnick.
Goldman joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section in 1991. She has made numerous appearances as a soloist in the Detroit area including with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, the Allen Park Orchestra, and the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, among others. She made her Detroit Symphony Orchestra solo debut in 1996. An active chamber musician, Goldman has performed in ensembles at Interlochen, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and at venues in the Detroit area. She has appeared in several recitals to benefit the DSO Volunteer Council.
Goldman is grateful for the help of her parents and especially her grandparents. Although they grew up with very little, they made great sacrifices to allow their children, and by extension, their grandchildren, to be successful in music and life.