loss for geology turned into a win for music when Rachel Goldstein decided to
stick to music at a critical juncture in her life.
in Iowa City, Iowa, Goldstein began her violin studies there at the age of 5.
At 16, she entered the music school of the State University of New York at
Purchase. Midway through her studies, she switched her major to geology, but
after six months she knew that the violin was her true calling. Resuming her
musical studies, Goldstein graduated from Purchase at the age of 19 and went on
to earn a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her
teachers included Felix Galimir and Isadore Tinkleman. Before joining the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra in 1989, she was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for two
is married to CSO bassist Stephen Lester. Her hobbies include wildlife
photography, knitting and grooming Dexter and Prince, her standard poodles.
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