Jerome Goldschmidt was born in Luxembourg in 1968. He began his classical studies at the age of six.
During his teenager years, he obtained a gold medal at the conclusion of the Final examination of classical percussion in the French Republic City of Metz and a first interregional award of excellence in Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Music of the City of Luxembourg. As a member of “Luxembourg Percussion”, he played in Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Poland. He also worked with Atmosphere (Jazz-Rock) and Park Café (Pop) and was an occasional sub at the RTL Symphony Orchestra.
From 1989 – 1992, he lived in Paris and was a member of Roger Fixy’s Ensemble “Iluyenkori” an Afro-Cuban Folkloric Band with whom he recorded two albums (Cuban Percussion & A Tribute To Yemaya and Ochun). With Iluyenkori, he started playing the bata drums and the cajon, two instruments which are traditionally used in Cuban folk music and which have lately been gaining more acceptance throughout the world.
Between 1992 – 1993, he studied at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City recognized internationally as a resource for Latin musicians and authentic Afro-Caribbean musical training. He recorded with Mongo Santamaria on the album “Mambo Mongo” for Chesky Records and played Tambor Fundamentos with Louis Bauzo.
In the fall of 1993, he returned to Europe and taught Latin music at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. He played with Guildo Horn a German schlager singer, Dalia Negra’s Salsa Band, Iluyenkori, Ernie Hammes Band and Trio Ammour an Afro-Caribbean Group from the region of Nantes (France).
In 1996, Jerome stayed in Cuba for a 4 months period and studied with Alberto Villareal, Mario Aspirina, Amado Dedeu, Jose Luis Quintana, Roberto Vizcaino and the Rumba Band “Clave Y Guaguanco”. He played in the Tambor of Christobal Larrinaga.
At the end of 1996, he moved to New York City to pursue his interest in Afro-Cuban and World Music. He became a faculty member of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts and got involved in many playing situations. He became a member of Johnny Almendra’s Charanga Band “Los Jovenes del Barrio” and played with the Tito Puente Orchestra at the JVC Festival in Rhode Island. He became a member of the Ray Vega Sextett and played with Chico O’Farrills Afro-Cuban Orchestra. He played and recorded the hit show “Quien mato a Hector Lavoe” under Musical Director/Arranger Oscar Hernandez and played with Grupo Caribe, Louis Bauzo’s Carambu & Patakin, Victor Rendon’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, Ray Santos Latin Big Band, the Boys Harbor Latin Big Band, Latin Vibe, Eddie Palmieri, Harvie Swartz and the Last of the international Playboys. He played and recorded with The Latin-Jazz Coalition the album “Trombone con Sazon”, the Off-Broadway show “4 Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria” and the Off-Broadway show “Latin Heat”. He became a member of the Latin-Jazz Band “Salsafuerte” with whom he recorded three albums.
Between 2005 –2008, Jerome taught latin music at the Music School of Echternach (Luxembourg). During that time, he played with local bands such as Greg Lamy Quartett, Gast Waltzing’s Band “Largo”, Eric y su Chocolate, Shlomit & Band and Maria Tejada Trio.
Jerome was solist with the Stuttgarter Chamber Music Orchestra in 2000 and 2003, solist with the Wurttembergische Philharmonie in 2005 and solist with the Jenaer Philharmonie in 2009 in a piece entitled “Concerto for Congas, Klavier, Marimba, Timpani und Streichorchester op.6”.
Jerome is currently living in New York City.