Jonathan Goldstein Biography
Jonathan Goldstein was a British composer, producer and director, he was the founder of Goldstein Music Group who worked on Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear and won an Ivor Novello Award in 2007 for his score to the BBC/HBO film Primo. He died on August 25, 2019 when a plane he was flying in, with his wife Hannah, crashed and burst into flames in the Swiss Alps while flying from Switzerland to Italy.
Jonathan Goldstein Wife
Jonathan was married to Hannah Goldstein who was an acclaimed saxophonist and has performed at the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. She also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre to great critical acclaim. She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Hannah and Goldstein had collaborated on their own project, The London Golden Sax Project, which they described as “a unique rediscovery of London’s song heritage from the Oliver-esque street seller’s cry of ‘Will You Buy’ to the timeless classic of ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’.”
They said they created “evocative musical soundscapes celebrating the old and the new, blending the ethereal world of choir and organ with the modern world of saxophone and strings.”
Jonathan Goldstein Goldstein Music Group
Jonathan was the founder and creative director of Goldstein Music Group, which produces and sources music for advertising, broadcast and film and has worked with HBO, the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2013 he reached no.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts with his track Magical Moments and his company won a raft of awards for their scores on adverts for big name brands like Gillette, Volvo, Heineken and Sky Movies.
He once said that his proudest work was a project he worked on for NSPCC, led by then Saatchi & Saatchi creative director Dave Droga. NSPCC’s Real Children Don’t Bounce Back, below, won more than 10 Golds from creative awards including Cannes Lions and The Creative Circle.
He told Little Black Book; “I think it was the hardest challenge I had ever been presented with, and probably ever will be – Scoring horrendous acts of violence being committed against a cartoon child and making it as funny as possible.
All the first drafts of the score were rejected because they weren’t ‘funny enough.’ It was a surreal and painful experience but, my God, did they know what they were doing. I think it must be the bravest project I have ever worked on, with one of the most brilliant creative teams ever.”
Jonathan Goldstein Plane Crash
On Sunday, August 25, 2019 while flying to Italy from Switzerland the plane he was in together with his wife Christina and baby was involved in a crash in Simplon Pass and burst into flames. According to the Mirror, a hiker who was walking in the Simplon Pass area with his family on Sunday said he saw the horrifying crash unfold after he spotted two burning objects fall and then heard two huge bangs.
Christian Merz, 63, from Dorneck, Switzerland told Blick he saw two people rush towards the aircraft in a desperate bid to help, but they were unable to get near to it due to the flames.
Le Matin reported that the couple had set off in their Piper PA-28 Arrow aircraft from London on Saturday morning and landed in Troyes, France before making a second stop in Lausanne, Switzerland where they are believed to have stayed overnight.
The local police alleged that the family then set off from the Vaudois airfield in western Switzerland for Perugia, Umbria, at around 9 am the following day but tragically crashed just over an hour into the flight.
A Police Valais – the regional police for the area – spokesperson said: “The small plane type “Piper” took off around 9 am from a Vaudois airfield for Italy… (but at)around 10.25am the plane crashed before igniting in the area of the Simplon Pass.”
Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV accident, Simplon Pass, VS, Switzerland; 3 fatalities https://t.co/MkKVn7hkGC pic.twitter.com/12vjh2I3We
— Aviation Safety Net (@AviationSafety) August 26, 2019
Jonathan Goldstein Death
Goldstein died on the crash together with his wife and baby. Their death was confirmed by police who said that three people, including a baby, had died in a plane crash, which happened at around 10.25am.
The couple’s neighbor Ankita, 30, told the Mirror Online that she was told the sad news by Hannah’s father late last night.
“We were friendly with each other. We’ve only lived here about three months. They have a pet rabbit and we both have little ones. I started speaking to Hannah quite often about six weeks ago. She asked if I could look after Rufus because they said they were going on vacation. We were out yesterday and when we returned, I noticed the hutch was missing.
I tried ringing Hannah and Jonathan but their phones weren’t connecting. Hannah had given me her parents numbers for emergency so I called her dad last night. I said I was sorry to ring so late as it was about 9.15pm but I couldn’t find Rufus. He said there was a tragic accident and three of them died.
After that, I don’t remember what happened as I started crying.Hannah had said they were going to Italy and the weather might be bad. I started crying when I was speaking to him. I still cant believe it, I couldn’t sleep last night.”