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Burton Goldstein

Burton GoldsteinBurton Goldstein composes in a wide variety of styles. After all, how many composers have orchestrated for a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, orchestrated Mendelssohn for Phyllis Diller's orchestra, and also studied at IRCAM and the Schoenberg Institute? His compositions have been used in retail TV ads, (for Ross and DDs), and movies and TV shows, such as: Aliens in the Attic, 21 (with Kevin Spacey), X-Men 3, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Goldstein earned a Ph.D. from UCLA, where he studied composition with Henri Lazarof. Later he won fellowships at the Ernest Bloch Festival in Oregon under Chinary Ung, the Aspen Institute for Advanced Compositional Studies, under Jacob Druckman and Bernard Rands and at the Schoenberg Institute under Leonard Stein, sponsored by the NEH. Counted among his numerous awards: Vox Novus (NYC) selected three works in its 2014 "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" series; International Music Prize in Composition 2011 awarded by the National Academy of Music in Colorado; Borromeo String Quartet Prize; Brandenburg Chamber Music Prize in Composition; Aaron Copland Award; Lee Ettelson Award from Composers Inc.; a commission sponsored by the S. Mark Taper Foundation; American Music Center Grant, BMI Award in Composition; and a Henri Mancini Scholarship for Motion Picture and Television Composition.

He has served as president of the Independent Composers Association, been published in Perspectives of New Music and Electronic Musician and has been the technical editor for several Prentice Hall computer books.

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