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Born in Włocławek, Congress Poland, Goldberg played the violin as a child growing up in Warsaw. In 1917 he moved to Berlin and took violin lessons with Carl Flesch.
After a recital in Warsaw in 1921, and a debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1924 in which he played three concertos, he was engaged as concert-master of the Dresden Philharmonic from 1925 to 1929. In 1929 he was appointed concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, but was forced by the rise of the Nazi Party to leave the orchestra in 1934, despite Wilhelm Furtwängler's attempts to safeguard the Jewish members of the orchestra. He then toured Europe, with the pianist Lili Kraus. He made his American debut in New York in 1938. While Goldberg and Kraus were on a tour of Asia, they and their families were interned in Indonesia by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945.
He toured Australia for three months in 1946. Eventually he went to the United States and became a naturalised American citizen in 1953. From 1951 to 1965 he taught at the Aspen Music School. Concurrently he was active as a conductor. In 1955 he founded the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam, which he led until 1979. He also took the ensemble on many tours. From the years 1977 to 1979 he was the conductor of the Manchester Camerata.
He taught at Yale University from 1978 to 1982, the Juilliard School in New York City from 1978, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1980, and the Manhattan School of Music in New York from 1981. From 1990 until his death, he conducted the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo. He married a Japanese pianist late in life. He died in Ôyama-machi, Japan in 1993, aged 84.
He made a number of recordings, most notably the series of Mozart sonatas and Schubert works with Radu Lupu.
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