Arthur Goldstein was born in Pittsburgh and now resides in State College, where he currently teaches music history courses at Penn State University and piano at The Music Academy. He has been on the faculty of Bucknell University.
His academic background includes an MA degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA degree in composition from Penn State, with emphasis in piano. He has studied jazz with Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music and with Joe Lovano and Ken Werner at the Sandpoint Festival. In addition he continues piano studies with Alexander Fiorillo at Temple University.
As performer, he has appeared in concerts and festivals throughout the east as soloist, chamber musician and leader of his own jazz quartet. He recently gave a recital at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg as part of painter Vincent Carducci's Project "Time and the River," a visual celebration of Pennsylvania rivers.
As a composer in the popular idiom, he achieved national recognition for his soundtrack to "Magic in the Afternoon," winner of the Golden Cine award for best American documentary film of 1984.
In 1998, he performed in the world premiere of Marshall Fine's "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" at Penn State. He has also performed with Lynn Seaton, Bob Mintzer, and Dennis DiBlasio.