An­thony Keith Gold­stone

Liver­pool pi­anist cel­e­brated for his solo and cham­ber per­for­mances

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - STEPHEN GOLD­STONE

LIVER­POOL-BORN PI­ANIST An­thony Gold­stone has died at the age of 72 af­ter a short bat­tle with can­cer. He took up the piano at the age of five, later stud­ied at the Royal Manch­ester Col­lege of Mu­sic, ini­tially in the ju­nior sec­tion and later un­der Pro­fes­sor Der­ryck Wyn­d­ham. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing and be­ing hon­oured with a fel­low­ship, he stud­ied in Lon­don with the renowned pi­anist and teacher Maria Cur­cio, who had been the last stu­dent of Ar­tur Schn­abel.

Gold­stone’s ca­reer was crowned with prizes at in­ter­na­tional piano com­pe­ti­tions in Mu­nich and Vi­enna. He was in de­mand as a soloist, play­ing with all the ma­jor Bri­tish or­ches­tras un­der such con­duc­tors as Sir John Bar­birolli, Ru­dolf Sch­warz, Nor­man del Mar, Stanis­law Skrowaczewski, Pin­chas Stein­berg and Charles Mack­er­ras. A high point was his per­for­mance of Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s Di­ver­sions, at the Last

Night of the Proms in 1976, af­ter which the com­poser wrote, com­pli­ment­ing him on “that bril­liant per­for­mance.”

In 1989, he mar­ried the noted mu­si­cian Caro­line Clem­mow in Oun­dle, Northamp­ton­shire. In later years, the cou­ple be­came a cel­e­brated piano duo, de­scribed by Gramo­phone as “a daz­zling hus­band-and-wife team.” They played and recorded ex­ten­sively, ex­plor­ing and ex­pand­ing the reper­toire for duo and two pianos, in tire­less ex­plo­ration of good but some­times lesser known mu­sic. Their last record­ing to­gether, Vaughan Wil­liams’s Fifth

Sym­phony on the Al­bion Records la­bel, won for them ac­co­lades from the mu­si­cal press This CD, aptly called “our mir­a­cle CD” by An­thony, was per­formed and recorded while he was in de­clin­ing health, and will there­fore be a spe- cial mem­ory of a dis­tin­guished ca­reer to which both Caro­line and An­thony have made in­es­timable con­tri­bu­tions.

An­thony was born to Myer Charles Mau­rice Gold­stone, a gar­ment and tex­tile trader, and Rose Kessly, in Liver­pool. I was born two years later, with no other sib­lings. The fam­ily moved to South Manch­ester in 1947 and An­thony was ed­u­cated at Manch­ester Gram­mar School, study­ing clas­sics, from where he was awarded a schol­ar­ship at Cam­bridge Univer­sity. He opted in­stead for a per­form­ing ca­reer in clas­si­cal mu­sic, al­ways his first love.

An­thony died peace­fully at home in Alk­bor­ough, South Hum­ber-shire, af­ter his brief bat­tle with can­cer. He is sur­vived by Caro­line. They had no chil­dren.

An­thony Gold­stone, pi­anist. Born July 25, 1944. Died Jan­uary 2, 2017.

In har­mony: An­thony Gold­stone and his wife Caro­line Clem­mow

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