Andrew Goldman

Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience

Columbia University

Andrew Goldman is a a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University and a pianist/composer/cognitive scientist researching improvisation at the Centre for Music and Science, University of  Cambridge. Goldman joined the Centre for Music and Science in 2010 as an MPhil student and successfully completed his PhD in 2015.  He is a member of Wolfson College.  He is a pianist and composer performing in Cambridge as a soloist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and choir accompanist (Wolfson College Choir and Kings' Junior Voices).  In 2014, his one-act musical entitled Science! The Musical, for which he wrote the music, lyrics, and book, was performed in Cambridge for a run of five performances at the Corpus Playroom.

Andrew received a BM in Piano Performance and a BA in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California.  He has studied piano with Mitzi Kolar and Daniel Pollack, composition with Erica Muhl, and clarinet with Charlie Ellis-MacLeod.  After graduating, he worked at the Brain and Creativity Institute in Los Angeles researching the neuroscience of social emotions with Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Antonio Damasio.  He has also taught at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.