Having the pleasure to hear Ai Goldsmith’s performance at the recent Florida Flute Convention, I was left, yet again, with the endlessly impossible, unanswerable question: How can we explain the unique qualities of sonority in another’s flute playing? Where does that sound come from, whether delicate, richly layered, shimmery, bold and fiesty, or hauntingly beautiful? And I was delighted to be pondering all of this whilst listening to Ai Goldsmith, because she could do all this with her sound! Her recital was memorable because of her abilities to project ideas and sonorousness from beginning to end. I hope that I will have the pleasure of hearing more from Ms. Goldsmith.
I came to know you, who was hitherto unknown to me, in a recent concert.... What clarity and warmth in the tone color, clarity of thought in the interpretation/performance, and agile rhythmic sense. A superb musician stood in front of me. You voiced relevant and insightful suggestions in all the important sections of the piece during the rehearsal of the Suite in B Minor by Bach, and realized a wonderful performance of the work. I was in awe. I look forward with anticipation to the many new activities that are to come as your career unfolds. Viva Ai!
I was so thrilled to hear your playing…. You have such great determination, creativity and musicality. It was a real “high” for me to listen to you…. I was inspired by what you shared with us, and I just want to thank you most sincerely for providing me with a renewed sense of awe.
Ai Goldsmith is a glorious flutist who embodies a natural, gracious presence on stage and off. Her captivating tone and authentic expression can only come from someone whose heart is deep and who has nurtured sensitivity and courage throughout the joys and struggles of a full life. I found myself wonderfully engrossed by Ai’s beautiful music.
We had the pleasure of hosting Ai at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. Her playing was spellbinding! She has such a gift of drama, and wraps it in a beautiful flute tone. She was also delightful to work with—she was open, enthusiastic, and communicative.
Another 180 degree turn was Ai Goldsmith’s wondrous classical performance of an orchestral piece by Japanese composer Hisatada Otaka. Looking elegant and poised, Goldsmith held the audience in rapt attention, mesmerized by her playing, which was flawless and featured her bell-like sound.
...[Ai Goldsmith] was extremely professional and a giving collaborator. I also would like to say, as a collaborative artist with 20 some years of experience working with soloists, her playing and approach to her music was on a much deeper level. Her playing and performance reflected this level of commitment. It was a joy and inspiration to work with her in every way.
I have had the great pleasure of playing with Ai on several occasions, including two lovely concerts in Tokyo. Her sonority and technical skill achievea high level of perfection, but more significant to me is the crystalline clarity of her musical thought. She understands the music at many levels, and the listener is at once struck with the intense involvement of her heart in everything she plays. She becomes the music in a way that I have rarely witnessed in my many years of chamber music experience.
Your masterclass with the MTSU students was wonderfully inspiring, informative and fun! It was wonderful to hear Roya improve her sound so much as well as play with more musical shape and emotion. I felt that Mara truly gained a greater sense of ease in the production of her sound and this truly helped her to express herself so much more. Your energy was wonderful and the graciousness you brought to the flute students allowed the performers to give more and the listeners to think and be attentive...
I wanted to say thank you again for your visit to MTSU. Your masterclass was wonderful, and the instruction was very helpful and enlightening. You played so wonderfully, and I hope I’ll get to work with your hear you again soon!
Our daughter has had a first-class musical education under Ai’s tutelage, and her flute tone and technique have progressed beautifully. Perhaps even more valuable, though, is Ai’s presence in her life. Ai is atrue mentor. She cares about her students. They want to emulate her. And, speaking from a parent’s point of view, if they do emulate her they will be doing very well, both as musicians and as people.
Ai is a wonderful teacher in music education and flute performance. She has put countless efforts to gain the best performance experience to benefit her students. She always lays out a clear plan for students to reach their goals in flute performance step-by-step. She is also a great mentor always ready to support our daughter in those highs and lows of her flute performance. We will never forget those moments when Ai was with our daughter to share her emotion in cheers and tears. As parents, we saw the part that only a well-trusted teacher could have done to a young student. Perhaps Ai sees her students as the reflection of herself, as a young music lover who chose to use the flute to express her inner world.