December 27, 1932 - May 13, 2011
Harris Goldman, violinist, was born in Torrington, Connecticut and began his studies on the violin at an early age. He graduated from the Eastman School with bachelor's and master's degrees and the artist's diploma. While there, he was concertmaster of the Eastman Orchestra and simultaneously played in the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra under Leinsdorf. After graduation, he entered the army and became concertmaster of the Seventh Army Orchestra stationed in Germany. Following discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, pursued his doctorate at USC, and upon graduation, spent ten years on the faculty there as Adjunct Professor of violin, chamber music and chamber music history and literature. He performed widely throughout this period in Europe and the U.S. as part of the Goldman-Brown violin-piano duo. Several Los Angeles composers wrote works for the duo, five of which were recorded on the Orion label. The duo was awarded the Alice M. Ditson Award from Columbia University. Harris was also a member of the Paganini String Quartet and was chosen to be an adult auditor in Jascha Heifetz's master classes at USC. Harris was active in the music recording industry from 1980 on, was a member of the RMA and Union Local 47. He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, step-children Rob, Bruce and Richard Hanford and their wives, his sister, Ruth Commanday, and Ramah, Karen, Annie and Frank, nieces and nephews. He will be cremated and his ashes buried in Cambria, where Marilyn and he enjoyed a second home. A private memorial is planned in Cambria. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center or charity of your choice.
Published in Los Angeles Times from May 16 to May 20, 2011.