Elmar Oliveira


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Violinist Elmar Oliveira has become a familiar and much-admired figure at the world’s foremost concert venues. His international itinerary includes appearances with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Zurich Tonhalle. He has recorded a wide range of works from the Baroque period to the present. His best-selling recording of the Rautavaara Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) won a Cannes Classical Award and has received Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice award. He was also a Grammy nominee for his CD of the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony and, more recently, for his CD of the Bloch and Benjamin Lees Violin Concertos with John McGlaughlin Williams and the National Symphony of Ukraine. He remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition. He was also the First Prize winner at the Naumburg International Competition and the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. The son of Portuguese immigrants, Mr. Oliveira studied with Ariana Bronne and Raphael Bronstein at the Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.