Dexter Goldberg

Born in 1987 in Paris, Dexter Goldberg is the son of professional musicians. He started his musical journey with percussion and quickly developed his composition and improvisation skills. It wasn't until the age of 16 that he began playing the piano, but he rapidly flourished his creative universe. He briefly studied with Olivier Hutman, Misja Fitzgerald, and Philippe Baudoin.

In 2010, Dexter was already hired by the American saxophonist Ricky Ford (known for his work with Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, etc.) for two albums: "7095" (Harmonia Mundi) and "Sacred Concert." He also met drummer Sangoma Everett and toured internationally with him.

Dexter then joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied jazz and improvised music, focusing on composition, piano, and rhythm under the guidance of Pierre De Bethmann, Dré Paellmaerts, François Thébèrge, and Riccardo Del Fra.

He recorded his third album, "Pure Imagination," with his father Michel Goldberg in a quartet setting. Dexter also appeared with various ensembles, including the "Ricky Ford Duo," "Robin Mansanti Trio," and "BzH Crew" with Maxence Ravelomanantsoa, among others.

In the same year, he performed with renowned Benny Golson at the "Les Tombées de la Nuit" festival.

In 2014, he won the first prize at the Conservatoire de Paris and decided to form the Dexter Goldberg Trio, which won the "Fresh Sound" program and the Jazz Honors Prize at the International Léopold Bellan Competition.

He also had an active sideman career, frequently playing with American and French jazz musicians such as Ralph Moore, Gene Perla, Jason Marsalis, Camille Bertault, Steve McCraven, and John Betsch, to name a few.

After touring in Quebec, the trio recorded their debut album, "Tell Me Something New," which was released in 2018 on the Jazz&People label and received generous acclaim from the press. Dexter Goldberg now performs at major jazz festivals in France and he collaborates with international musicians and regularly records albums.

In 2022, he records a new album in trio with drummer Raphaël Pannier and bassist Clément Daldosso, titled "Caliboudja". The album is released in September 2023 on the Jazz&People label and is awarded Choc Jazzmagazine and Indispensable Jazznews. The CD is among the 40 best international albums of the year 2023.

The trio embarks on an international tour for the album release with the support of Adami and Spedidam (Japan, Spain, Belgium, France).

In 2024, he is preparing his next album with classical pianist Louise Akili, who happens to be his wife. Already scheduled in Japan and at the Salle Cortot in Paris, they also opened the Nancyphonies Festival.

Awards and Competitions:

  • Jazz à la Défense Competition 2008

  • Jazz Honors Prize, International Léopold Bellan Competition 2015

  • Trophées Du Sunside 2018

  • Finalist, "Rezzo Focal," Jazz à Vienne 2019

  • Jammin Juan 2021


Benny Golson, Ralph Moore, Jason Marsalis, David El Malek, Steve McCraven, Gene Perla, Camille Bertault, Arnaud Dolmen, Roger Raspail, Charlotte Planchou, John Betsch, Peter Ind, Ricky Ford, Sangoma Everett, Baptiste Herbin, Gilles Naturel, Jean Toussaint, Julien Alour, Yoni Zelnik, Bruno Rousselet, Ishiro Onoe, Bruno Ziarelli, Laurent Bataille, Manu Grimonprez, Michel Goldberg, Jean Bardy, Andrea Michelutti, Fabien Marcoz, Michaël Cheret, Ludivine Issambourg, Loïs Levan, etc.