Robin Meloy Goldsby


“Goldsby has seen it all from her piano and she dishes it up with a true storyteller’s gusto. As refreshing as a frozen daiquiri . . .”
 Jeff Yanc, Book Sense Picks and Notables.

“Goldsby has wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd. This is big-hearted, truly eye-opening memoir” Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Robin Meloy Goldsby is the author of RHYTHM: A Novel, and Piano Girl: A Memoir. Her thirty-year career as a musician has taken her from roadside dives to New York City’s poshest venues, exclusive resorts, and on to the European castles where she now performs. Robin has three solo piano recordings to her name: Twilight, Somewhere in Time, and Songs from the Castle, and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Robin is a Steinway Artist. She currently lives in Cologne, Germany with her husband—jazz bassist John Goldsby—and their two children.

Piano Girl: A Memoir, Goldsby’s first book, made its hardcover debut in spring, 2005. The book includes a collection of autobiographical short stories–some funny, some poignant–that explore the life of a working musician. A giddy mixture of droll hilarity and pathos, Piano Girl is an entertaining and enlightening memoir of music and life as a cocktail pianist. The book provides a rare glimpse into the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the player’s side of the grand piano.

Piano Girl received a prestigious “starred review” from Publishers Weekly and was honored as one of the picks of the summer by Book Sense, the leading organization representing independent bookstores in the United States. Goldsby’s many radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show in New York City, The Mark Farrell Show on CD 101.9, and most recently, Marian McPartland’s NPR Piano Jazz. Piano Girl is now available—world-wide—in paperback.

Goldsby's second book, Rhythm: A Novel tells the story of teenage drummer Jane Bowman. She’s fifteen, funny, and wounded by the fiery death of her famous Latin-jazz percussionist mother. This
touching and humorous coming-of-age musical odyssey invites readers to tap their toes in time
to Jane’s powerful music—cheering her on as she mends her shattered heart, finds her groove, and discovers the tragic beauty of human resilience.

“Goldsby’s first novel spans 15 years in the life of her gritty, resilient protagonist and is told with lyrical prose and deft characterization. Well-written, sympathetically earnest fiction.”
Kirkus Discoveries

Both Piano Girl and Rhythm are available in print and e-book formats.

Robin performs live, in a variety of concert/reading settings. Past performances include a reading and concert in the Rotunda at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, a performance at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, a reading for the American Women’s Club at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Cologne Germany, and appearance at the FAWCO (UN) Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, and an Advent Concert in Candlelight at Schlosshotel Lerbach, a beautiful castle in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, where she appears regularly. She is also proud of her work as a cross-cultural ambassador for Amerika Haus in Germany, presenting her bilingual reading program to European audiences.

Robin was delighted to be selected for Beyond Borders: Portraits of American Women from around the World. This stunning book of photographs by My-Linh Kunst honors American women who have made a difference in communities outside of the USA.

Robin lives with her husband John and two spirited children—Curtis and Julia—outside of Cologne, Germany.

Robin is a Steinway Artist.

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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,850. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Meet teenage drummer Jane Bowman. She’s fifteen, funny, and wounded by the loss of her famous percussionist mother. Robin Meloy Goldsby’s touching and humorous coming-of-age musical odyssey invites us to tap our toes in time to Jane’s powerful music—cheering her on as she mends her shattered heart,finds her groove, and discovers the tragic beauty of human resilience.

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