James Oliverio is internationally known as a composer, educator, and multimedia producer. In addition to synchronous performances of the globally distributed virtual environment series "In Common: Time," his orchestral scores have been commissioned and premiered by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Columbus. Oliverio has produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Oliverio served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of All Rise, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur and enjoyed subsequent performances at the Concertgebouw and with major international ensembles including the London and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Boston and Chicago Symphonies. Most recently, Oliverio served as Orchestral Consultant to Mr. Marsalis on the Swing Symphony, which world-premiered with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in June 2010 and then received its American premiere with the New York Philharmonic in a national broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center in September 2010.
Oliverio has served as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida since January 2001, with full professorships in Music and in Digital Arts & Sciences. Special recognition includes the International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) nationally peer-reviewed Award for the "Most Innovative Program 2008" as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute, the Inaugural "Peoria Prize for Creativity" (2005) for producing the globally distributed performing arts collaboration entitled Hands Across the Ocean and the "Most Courageous and Creative" Award in the High Bandwidth Challenge at the 2001 global SuperComputing Conference. Oliverio holds five Emmy Awards from the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with numerous national grants and commissions. His work in internationally distributed performing and digital arts has been featured on CNN International and the BBC.
Oliverio's role in the invention of the NetroNomeTM has advanced network-based musical performance to a global scale. He has partnered with research institutions around the world to create "In Common: Time" (ICT), a series of globally distributed performing arts collaborations. ICT has been featured in specially commissioned real-time events including "Non Divisi" for the Internet2, at the Los Angeles Convention Center for SIGGRAPH 2005, at the 2006 College Music Society National Conference, and the 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology.
Prior to becoming the Founding Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida, Oliverio served as the Artist in Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and also as Founding Director of AudioLab in the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center in the Georgia Tech College of Computing. Previously, he served as Visiting Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at Georgia State University.