Martin Goldsmith is the author of "The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True
Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany." Hailed as "a literary journey
reminiscent of Art Spiegelman's in 'Maus,'" the book tells the riveting story
of the Jewish Kulturbund, an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by
the Nazis between 1933 and 1941, an ensemble that included Mr. Goldsmith's parents.
Martin Goldsmith is also director of classical music programming at XM Satellite
Radio in Washington, DC. For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he served as the host
of Performance Today, National Public Radio's daily classical music program. During
Mr. Goldsmith's tenure as host, PT won the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting.
In September, 1998, Mr. Goldsmith was awarded a Cultural Leadership Citation from
Yale University "in recognition of service to the cultural life of the nation."
He joined NPR in 1986; before that he worked at member station WETA-FM in Washington,
DC, for a dozen years, serving as producer, announcer, music director and, eventually,
program director. He began his radio career at commercial classical station WCLV
in Cleveland, where his mother was a violist in the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Goldsmith
was born in St. Louis, where his mother spent 21 years as a member of the St.
Louis Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,
he has sung in the chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and made a guest appearance
with the Washington Opera. He has also acted in many roles in Washington-area
theaters, including Arena Stage.