The American musician and composer, William B. Goldberg, first began composing and giving public piano performances at the age of 12. After high school he studied music at Juilliard and the New York College of Music, and later, electronic music at State University of New York at Stony Brook.
William B. Goldberg began his career working in the twelve-tone system, and is still impressed by the logic and coherence of the musical structures that can be developed. Twelve tone composing reached its high point before World War II in the work of Anton Webern, but the technique has been valuable in his own work. Since then he has composed extensively in all forms, winning first place at the Georgia State Brass Symposium in 1972 for his Tenebrae for brass, organ, percussion and two voices. Commissioned pieces include Works and Days for the New York Brass Quintet in 1973, Diptych for the Sea Cliff Chamber players in 1984 and Trio Sonata for the Arcady Music Festival in 1985.
William B. Goldberg taught music privately for 40 years on Long Island where he was an active member of the Long Island Composers' Alliance, began the publishing house Cormorant Press in 1982, and retired to Maine in 1984. Since then he has been a part of the Maine Composers’ Forum, and has been represented in various music festivals around the state.