Marvin Goldstein is one of Mormondom's most traveled pianists and entertainers, a feat considering he converted from Judaism in 1985, at age 35. Beginning his musical training as a 9-year-old child, he was awarded a music scholarship to Tel Aviv University School of Music in Israel nine years later. He continued his studies at the famed "Mozarteum" of Salzburg, Austria and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University in French horn performance. Goldstein has been a guest lecturer at Education Week seminars at the Brigham Young University campuses in Provo, Utah, Hawaii and Rexburg, Idaho, where total participant numbers exceeded 30,000. Though formal awards are difficult to find in LDS music, the pianist has garnered honors wherever he performs. He won the Listeners Choice Award from the LDS Booksellers Association as the favorite instrumentalist three consecutive years. He performed in the Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, on New Year's Eve, 1999. Additional honors include being listed in Who's Who in Music in Europe and being named a National Keyboard Artist with the Kawai America Corporation. A workhorse in the studio, he has over 30 professional recordings to his name. To say Goldstein is one of the enduring icons of traditional LDS music is an understatement.
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