Brandon Goldberg, who turns 14 in February, began to play piano by ear when he was three years old. He started with classical lessons at age five, but quickly found his passion for jazz and learned about the music and its history by listening to his favorite artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, just to name a few.
Brandon has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival and Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, and in some of the most prestigious jazz clubs including Dizzy’s Club, Birdland Theatre, Mezzrow, The Blue Note, The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme and Keystone Korner in Baltimore.
Brandon has also appeared on the Harry Connick Jr. Show, NBC’s Little Big Shots and the Steve Harvey Show and has performed at TEDxCoconutGrove, TEDxBocaRaton and TEDxYouth@Miami.
Brandon released his debut album, “LET’S PLAY!” in April 2019 to rave reviews garnering four stars from Downbeat Magazine and reaching top seven on the Jazz Week charts. “LET’S PLAY!” features veteran musicians Ben Wolfe on bass, Donald Edwards on drums and special guest Marcus Strickland on tenor saxophone. The album has three original compositions and six standards and is inspired by pianists Brandon considers his heroes -Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock.
In both 2019 and 2018, Brandon was named Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards winner in the Jazz Soloist and Outstanding Original Composition categories. He’s also been featured at TEDxCoconutGrove, TEDxBocaRaton and TEDxYouth@Miami, and works closely with the Jazz Foundation of America
Brandon currently studies with Giselle Brodsky, Founder and Director of the Miami International Piano Festival. Prior to meeting Giselle, Brandon studied with Dr. Paul Posnak, acclaimed pianist, educator and President of the Miami Music Teachers Association.