Ronald Goldman was born in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood HS, UCLA, Baylor Medical School, Brooks USAF Aerospace School and Henry Ford Ophthalmology residency.
He is currently practicing his medical field in Chula Vista (San Diego), California. He has been married for 51 years to Wynnona with whom he has 2 sons, David, an ophthalmologist in Detroit and Marc, a medical device engineer in San Diego.
Started violin training before he was 5. He had his first educational shock to learn in school that the alphabet went beyond “G”. He studied with private teachers ending formal training at the age of 16. During this time, he played in youth orchestras and started playing string quartets at the age 12. In his senior year in high school, he had regular Sunday night quartet reading sessions with 3 of his classmates which consisted of music first, then doubles pingpong and finally cake and tea provided by the host mother. In college, he won the Los Angeles competition to represent that city at the first International Musicians Union Congress of Strings led by composer Roy Harris.
Arriving in San Diego, he played in the San Diego Symphony until work demands interfered with the rehearsals. Subsequently, he played for years with professionals in a piano trio and piano quartet.
With his wife’s considerable assistance, he founded the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop which now is called the SoCal CMW since it moved to Scripps College in Claremont California (east of Los Angeles). Valuing education and player improvement, this one week intensive adult program has only active player-coaches as faculty and always at least one world class performing ensemble.
Ron has appreciated his ACMP membership with helping join CM reading sessions in the US and Canada as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia. Locally he has the reputation of seducing single and community orchestral players to start playing chamber music. He always welcomes the calls of any potential CM player.
He continues reading sessions with younger players weekly on Sunday mornings with the promise of endless ice cream at the end of each session.