Family spins musical gold in Austria
Concert violinist Joseph Gold of Piedmont knows how to plan a family activity. As musical director of a four-week music festival in Austria last month, he invited the other two members of the family string ensemble -- 18-year-old son Raphael and wife Debbie Dare -- to join him on the program of internationally resound music talent. . .
"It was politics, essentially, that got me the gig," Joseph said chuckling at the fortuitous coincidence that brought him to Schloss Matzen. Just as Joseph was beginning his portion of the concert and lecture event at Lobkowitz Palace in Vienna earlier this year, a non-violent political demonstration broke out.
"And he wasn't just playing in any room of the Palace. It was the Eroica room with Beethoven premiered his third Symphony," clarified Debbie, noting the historical significance of the setting.
"After (the demonstration) ended, I said to everyone: 'you've seen political fireworks now you'll hear musical fireworks' in my horrendous German," Joseph recalled.
According to Joseph, "the audience ate it up" and Richard Ginell, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote about the episode.
Meanwhile Joseph came home to Piedmont to play fundraiser for the Piedmont High School music department.
Fox's father sought Joseph out after the concert and said his daughter and son-in-law owned a castle in Austria and were thinking about hosting a music festival.
"I knew exactly what I wanteed to do," said Joseph. "I wanted every one of my musical friends in Europe to shine in a way in which they are unique. I would be musical catalyst by which they could shine."
Joseph says that three years into his second career as a concert violinist -- previously he was a music teacher in the San Francisco schools -- and as a tour organizer for European musicians coming to the United States, he has met with numerous musicians who channel their kind souls and generous hearts through their instruments and from sharing music is a passion.
"The people we were working with were so marvelous -- great musicians and so helpful," Joseph said. "They are the kind of musicians and gift of themselves for the betterment of society in general."
Included with Torrent in the 15 night series were organist-conductor Kurt Rapf of Vienna, pianists Stefano Fiuzzi of Florence, Marco Cadario of Milan, and flutist Marta Mazzini of Arezzo.
"That's one of the wonderful things about being a professional musician -- I've got friends every place in the world," Joseph said, who completed his fifth European tour this year. Joseph is proud to report that the festival was an unqualified success -- musically, artistically, and financially. He said that in addition to top-of-their-field musicians, the concerts were full of musical vitality and diverse programming.
"The audience will never go to sleep at one of my concerts. Never." said Joseph who participated in 13 of the originally programmed 15 concerts. The popularity of the series sparked duplicate concerts and an added bonus concert for enthusiastic audiences. The festival proved to be personally successful for Joseph is well. A woman who attended one of the concert wants me to do the same thing in castles in France," Joseph said with a gleam in his eye.
Like Father, Like Son
Front Page || Concert Review of Rapf Concerto || Festival Review || World News || The 1998-1999 Tour || Biography || Acclaim || Calendar || Links || Paganini || Email