Winner of the second prize of the Primrose International Viola Competition, Elias Goldstein is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and his Russian debut with the Moscow Soloists, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Slatkovsky to critical acclaim. He is also the second prize winner at the Bashmet International Viola Competition, and was also a top prize-winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2010. He was a featured performer at the 2012, 2013, and 2017 International Viola Congresses, and the 2014 Primrose International Festival. He recently recorded the 24 Caprices by Paganini for Centaur Record and is the first violist to perform all 24 Caprices live extensively, and at Carnegie Hall.
He is a founding member of the Logos String Quartet, now in residence at Louisiana State University where is associate professor of viola. He holds degrees from DePaul University (M.M.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A.) where he was a Collins Fellow. He has studied with Mark Zinger and with Sally Chisholm. As a soloist with orchestras, he has appeared with the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Philharmonic, New Mexico Chamber Orchestra, Advent Chamber Orchestra, the Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed as guest concertmaster with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He was a regular member of the Grant Park Orchestra, and has also performed with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In recent chamber music collaborations, he has appeared with the Pro Arte, Latin American, Shanghai, Cavani Quartets, and with Nobuko Imai and Andrei Ionita.