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Marvin Goldstein

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Marvin Goldstein (born 1950) is an acclaimed professional pianist and performer. Goldstein began musical training at age 9, learning the accordion and piano, followed by the french horn when he was 12. At 18, he was awarded a music scholarship to Tel Aviv University School of Music, Tel Aviv, Israel. He continued his formal training at the famed "Mozarteum" of Salzburg, Austria and completed his education with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. Goldstein and his wife Lenae are the parents of one child. Goldstein converted from Judaism to Mormonism in 1985. One of the people who worked with him in teaching him of the faith before he joined the Church was Robert Millet. From 1972 to 1977, while a student at FSU's School of Music, Goldstein performed as "The Marv Allen Combo" in Tallahassee's lounge and cocktail circuit. He performed with local jazz drummer Paul Rosete, bassist Carl Cerniglia, percussionist George Rosete, and saxophonists Jodie Coogle and Michael Wallace. As a sought out lounge act, the Combo’s performances were frequently augmented by local singers, such as Sarah Copeland, Carol Smith, and soprano Linda Zoghby. Goldstein was part owner of a local music store called Music World. Goldstein has traveled extensively, performing in such places as Jerusalem, Anchorage, Oahu, Copenhagen, London, and throughout Canada and the continental United States. He performs as a soloist and as an accompanist. He has also been the headline talent for tour groups ships sailing on the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Goldstein ushered in the new millennium in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on New Year's Eve 1999 (one year early). Goldstein has also been a presenter for Brigham Young University (BYU) Education Week, as well as presenting at BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho and the BYU Jerusalem Center. In November 2003, he headlined a showcase concert at the Venetian Hotel Showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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