The Goldman Ensemble is an exciting group delighting audiences with their fresh approach to performances. Recognized by internationally renowned musicians for their daring, imaginative and confident performances, sisters Gavriella (French Horn) and Ortal (Violin) Goldman together with Ola Ness (Tuba) and Matthew Green (Percussion) breathe new life into well loved works as well as repertoire which is rarely heard elsewhere. Their concerts are renowned for their vibrant and engaging style, coupled with innate musicality, exceptional technique and palpable chemistry.
Music was an integral part of the sisters' lives from infancy as their mother is a musician and music educationalist and with their third sister, Tirzah (Cello), they have been performing together since early on in their musical education. In 2004 the three sisters established the GOLDMAN ENSEMBLE. Success came to them quickly. In 2005 they released the Ensemble’s debut CD, Members of the Goldman Ensemble in Concert, accompanied by Sergey Rybin (Piano) which was recorded at the Wigmore Hall. In 2006 they were chosen to perform a special concert in Memory of the Victims of the London Bombings at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the first anniversary of the tragedy and were invited for a return performance there. In 2007 the Goldman Ensemble was selected for the City Showcase, London's premier showcasing festival. As part of the festival they participated in two events: the Classical Showcase Concert and the promotion of their CD at Virgin Megastore in Piccadilly. In 2009 the Goldman Ensemble created the humorous show Piano Recital (Piano Not Included), which enjoyed a successful run at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Written by themselves for Violin, Cello and French Horn, it combines well known music (mostly arranged by Ortal) with theatre in an entertaining look at the life of professional performers. In 2011 Ola and Matthew joined following Tirzah’s exit from the Ensemble. As well as opening new repertoire opportunities, a different version of Piano Recital (Piano Not Included) was born.
The members of the Goldman Ensemble are all exceptional musicians in their own right. Among them they have won numerous awards and accolades, including the Nelly Apt Opera and Singers Trust Award, one of the most prestigious Australian prizes and the Sir Jack and Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship (UK). Individually they have performed on stages around the globe as members of world renowned orchestras as well as soloists and in chamber music ensembles. They have appeared with, among others, the Halle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Ortal began to study the violin at the age of five. She fell so in love with the instrument that she never put it down. She even played it whilst roller-skating. She wanted to share her love of the instrument and felt that everything should be performed, including scales. When she was a little older (but not much), Ortal was invited by the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra to join them and though she was their youngest member ever, she decided to put away the roller-skates and sit with the older children. Ortal was impatient to grow up so she finished school at the age of sixteen and went on to university. She won quite a few awards along the way. Ortal has been performing for many years as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK, Israel and Australia and was finally convinced to stop performing those scales!
Gavriella began to learn the horn when she was not yet big enough to hold the instrument properly. Rather, she had to practise whilst sitting on a long piano stool with the bell propped beside her because when she tried to hold it properly, the mouthpiece reached her forehead. When she grew a little bigger, the people at the Nelly Apt Opera and Singers Trust in Australia awarded her with a prestigious prize and when, a year later, she grew a little bigger still, they gave her another prize. At about that time she began to study psychology at university but when she reached her full height the Rubin Academy of Music admitted her as a student. After she was awarded a B.Mus (hons) she wondered whether the UK would accept a very small horn player. The people at the University of York said yes and gave her the Sir Jack and Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship. Throughout her growing (and since) Gavriella has enjoyed performing all over the UK, Israel and Australia with orchestras as well as in chamber groups.
Ola Ness was born in Norway quite a long time ago. Some time after that he was somehow given access to a tuba and after playing it for a while he could play loudly enough to be admitted to the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, where he spent some years working out how to play even louder. At this point it got so loud that he saw himself forced to get out of Norway, and made an inconspicuous escape to Manchester, where he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating from the RNCM, Ola has been heard playing his tuba all over Europe and Asia as well as the odd excursion to Africa (wind directions allowing). He enjoys playing both in orchestras as well as in front of them as a soloist, and with brass bands and chamber ensembles, although the latter won't allow him to play as loudly as his intense loudness studies has granted him the ability to.
Born in Norfolk at an early age, Matthew Green began his musical training at the age of three, when he couldn’t yet reach the top of the timpani, or the xylophone, or any other large instrument without standing on a chair. When he managed to do all those things without the said chair, Matthew attended the Colchester Institute School of Music to study A Levels and later a BA (hons) Degree. Besides collecting football trophies, Matthew also won competitions for solo and ensemble percussion playing. When he was a little bigger, he was allowed to play with the big kids at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a Graduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction. Now Matthew is allowed to play all on his own (but he sometimes plays very nicely with his friends) on any percussion instrument from drum kit to world music instruments as well as orchestral contraptions and he performs a wide variety of music, from Baroque to Rock. Matthew performs with many ensembles and orchestras around the world and can even be seen performing in fetching costumes at the Royal Shakespeare Company and wearing the most attractive wig and tights with the C18th Concert Orchestra. Matthew is a very good boy and has been allowed on tour with such shows as Jesus Christ Superstar, ABBA The Show and Thriller Live, but what goes on tour stays on tour!