Paul Goldsberry

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Paul Goldsberry has been a member of the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony since 1974. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, where his teachers included Stephen Clapp and Pierre Menard. He is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Steven Staryk, and received his master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, where he was a teaching assistant. While pursuing his graduate degree, he played for two years in the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic.

From 1978 to 1990, Goldsberry taught at the Phillips Academy Summer Session in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was first violinist of the resident string quartet. From 1980 to 1990, he was concertmaster at the Culowhee Music Festival, held on the campus of Western Carolina University. In January 2001, he served as concertmaster and performed chamber music at the Winter Sun Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, and later that month, appeared with the Coleridge-Taylor Ensemble in Boston.

He has also served as concertmaster of numerous area ensembles including the North Carolina Bach Festival Orchestra. Goldsberry has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. Since 1984, he has been first violinist of the Primavera String Quartet, formerly the North Carolina Symphony String Quartet. In addition to musical pursuits, he enjoys biking, whitewater canoeing and working on cars. Reach Paul at