Eminent British pianist has died

Eminent British pianist has died


norman lebrecht

January 04, 2017

We hear from the editor of Pianist magazine that Anthony Goldstone died on Monday. He was 72.


Widely recorded, he formed a celebrated piano duo with his wife Caroline Clemmow and worked through the four-hand repertoire on their label, www.divine-art.co.uk.

Liverpool born, Athony studied in Manchester and London, where he became a regular at the BBC Proms, earning a singular accolade from Benjamin Britten for his appearance at the Last Night.

A fixture in the British musical calendar, he toured widely across the world. He was diagnosed with cancer late last year and died peacefully at home.

Our sympathies to his loved ones.



  • Jonathan Brett says:

    Very sad to see this, I had the great pleasure of working regularly with Tony for twenty years and every time was special. A formidable pianist and a musician of great taste, intellect and integrity, he was a wonderful colleague to whom and for whom I will ever be grateful.

  • Una says:

    Very sad news. I worked with him once in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe here in England, in which I was the soprano soloist. Fine pianist and a nice man.

  • Sue says:

    2017 has got off to a poor start, judging by the musical luminaries who have died.

  • gysztav fenyo says:

    A very nice man and a beautiful pianist: I invited him to my festival in the Borders about 12-13 years ago, he played Schubert B flat, came with his lovely wife and presented me with his (difficult) piano transcription of Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta…I am very upset.
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  • Phillip Sear says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this very sad news. Many years ago I met him at a piano summer school course at Aberystwyth, where he was there to support Caroline, who was tutoring. Much more recently I corresponded with him about his sterling work in producing a disc of Rebikov piano music (actually he contacted me because I had previously recorded a few pieces on YouTube). I’m sure he had so much more to offer in his work of championing neglected composers for piano(s) with two or more hands.

  • Peter Seivewright says:

    A truly great pianist.

  • Moses Mathews says:

    Always enjoyed his rendition of Tchaikovsky. One of the great pianists of the 20th century. Very sad.

  • Patrick Brown says:

    I was at primary school in Sale and at MGS with Anthony in the 40s/50s. What I suspect is not generally known is that he was a talented batsman but gave up cricket in defence of his hands.

  • Sue says:

    I was at RMCM with Tony, studying with Derek Wyndham. He was a fine pianist. A sad day. Condolences to his wife and lived ones.

  • David Burrowes says:

    Very sad news. I knew him at RMCM. He was a lovely man with an aura of modesty about his abilities. I remember playing horn concertos with him in my flat when he was frustrated that his sight reading wasn’t good enough to play Strauss 1. He was wromg; it was. He was a great admirer of Martinu. A great loss not just to the world of music, but the whole world