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Osvaldo Golijov

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Osvaldo Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. Born to a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by chamber classical music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying piano at the local conservatory and composition with Gerardo Gandini he moved to Israel in 1983, where he studied with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and immersed himself in the colliding musical traditions of that city. Upon moving to the United States in 1986, Golijov earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb, and was a fellow at Tanglewood, studying with Oliver Knussen.

In the early 90’s Golijov began to work closely with two string quartets, the St Lawrence and the Kronos. Both ensembles were the earliest to project Golijov’s volatile and category-defying in its true, full form, and continue to perform his music regularly. In 2002, EMI released Yiddishbbuk, a Grammy-nominated CD of Golijov’s chamber music, celebrating ten years of collaboration with the St Lawrence String Quartet, featuring clarinetist Todd Palmer. The Kronos Quartet released three recordings featuring their collaborations with Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, featuring David Krakauer, as well as Caravan, and Nuevo. Kronos also expanded Golijov’s musical family through collaborations with artists such as the Romanian Gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks

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  • Fabula-Nihil

    Beautiful

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • j_migue

    Magnifica música la de este compositor :)

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • rtms1988

    I've never seen Tetro and Youth Without Youth, but I want to see them very much!

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Dadal1er

    Well, anyone would agree that Youth Without Youth and Tetro soundtracks are exploratory and subtle enough to give the man recognition.

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rm508

    He's had some lucky breaks, and some great publicity. Not certain he deserves it.

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • lame88

    +1 cool

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • lame88

    The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind it's something unreal

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TimesOfGrace

    2,224 listeners? What a joke!

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • joonasl

    The "Ayre" with Dawn Upshaw is great..

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • vercetty

    I agree - a true genius of our time.

    7 Jul 2008 Reply
  • TimesOfGrace

    This man is brilliant.

    7 Mar 2008 Reply

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