William Goldstein has been a recording artist for both Motown records and CBS Masterworks. He has over 50 albums currently available. He has scored over 50 Movie and Television projects, including Fame and The Miracle Worker. He has written on the arts for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
He has been a pioneer in the use of computers and electronic instruments in music. His most distinguishing characteristic as a composer/ pianist is his gift of "Instant Composition", which he is exploring in many diverse ways and sharing with audiences through Master Classes, recitals and Albums.
Since he became President of the jury in the first competition in "Instant Music Composition" in well over 100 years at the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan Poland in August 2011, he has become one ofthe most prominent creators of non-Jazz improvised contemporary composition, both in live perfromance and on recordings.
He gives Master Classes and recitals in The Art of "Instant Composition", creating compositions in real time in front of the audience. Some of the most famous practitioners of instant composition are Bach, Mozart, Handel, Scarlatti, Lizt, Chopin, Gershwin...and more recently Keith Jarrett. Improvising since the age of 4, Goldstein has the ability to sit at a piano and create instant compositions. Unlike Jazz improv which is built around an existent structure, he starts with nothing and creates a complete piece, with form and structure....from scratch.
He improvises ballets with dancers, and creates musical conversations with singers. He scores short films in concert, playing from the first frame of picture, as he watches the film with the audience for the first time. When the film has finished, there exists a complete score.