The Kennedy Center

Elmar Olveira


One of today's most commanding violinists, Elmar Oliveira is the first and only American violinist to have won the Gold Medal at Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Competition and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Renowned for his performances of both the standard literature and the music of our time, his rigorous itinerary includes the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, National, Seattle, Dallas, Baltimore, New Zealand, and London Symphonies; the Cleveland, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Zurich Tonhalle, and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the New York, Los Angeles, and London Philharmonics. He has also toured the Far East, South America, and Australia. His prodigious discography on Angel, SONY Masterworks, Vox, Delos, IMP, Ondine, Melodiya and his own Artek Recordings ranges widely from Bach and Vivaldi to the present, and has garnered a Cannes Classical Award (Rautavaara Concerto) and two Grammy nominations (Barber Concerto).

Born in America of Portuguese parentage, Mr. Oliveira studied with his brother John and later with Ariana Bronne and Raphael Bronstein at the Hartt College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where he received an honorary doctorate, and in 1997 the Prime Minister of Portugal awarded Mr. Oliveira the country's highest civilian honor - The Order of Santiago .

May 10, 2004
Elmar Olveira