Dr. Diana Golden

Cello Teacher

Diana Golden

SAA Member


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Cellist Diana Golden performs regularly with the Red Door Chamber Players and the Golden Williams Duo, as well as having performed on chamber music concert series of the Mandarax Music Ensemble, Bushwick Chamber Concerts, Music and More, Union City Chamber Players, and Standing Room Only. The founder and Artistic Director of the Firebrand Concerts Series, Diana has also participated in chamber music festivals including Killington Music Festival in Vermont, Musicorda, and Italian summer music festivals Zephyr and Musica Lozzo.

Performing in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NYU’s Skirball Center, Davies Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall and other renowned venues, Diana has worked with ensembles such as the Albany Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Symphony by the Sea, Utica Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Cape Symphony Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic. Dr. Golden has performed throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Golden has taught cello and coached chamber music at Rutgers University as a Graduate Instructor, and at Mountain Springs Music Festival, Riverdale Country School, WHIN Music Project, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Union City Music Project, Tufts University’s Applied Music Program, Open Access to Music Education for Children, Newcomer’s Academy, Belmont Saturday Morning Music Program, Lincoln & Lexington Public Schools, BASICS Music Is Instrumental, Four Strings Academy, Vibo Music Center, and privately. She has also given masterclasses at The College of New Jersey, South Texas College, and Saint Francis Preparatory School, and served as a Guest Teaching Artist for the École de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. She completed a Licentiate of Teaching at the Royal Academy of Music.

Diana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from Rutgers University, where she completed her doctoral research on Haitian art music. She also holds a Master of Arts in Cello Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dr. Golden’s primary teachers were Jean Michel Fonteneau, Mark Kosower. Felix Schmidt, and Jonathan Spitz. Diana has also received instruction from renowned artists including Bernard Greenhouse, Colin Carr, Fred Sherry, Steven Doane, Alan Harris, Matt Haimovitz, Philip Mueller, and Sadao Harada.

She was awarded a Hill and Hollow Artist Residency in 2013, John Baker Career Development Award, Sir Stapley Educational Trust Award, and a Bursary Award from the Royal Academy of Music.

Diana’s recent projects have included performances at the United Nations, the Colburn School of Music and Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, followed by recording an album of Haitian cello music in June 2018. Her article “Staging the Nation Through Art Music of the Haitian Diaspora” was published in the Fall 2018 issue of The Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2. This April, she presented a lecture recital of Haitian music at the 5th Symposium of Caribbean Art Music held at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.