Osvaldo Golijov


Born: December 5, 1960; La Plata, Argentina  
Osvaldo Golijov has become major figure in contemporary music by developing a polystylistic method, variously based on Western music of many centuries, on traditional Judeo-Christian liturgies, on folk traditions of several countries, and on Latin-American influences, paying particular attention to the tango as developed by Astor Piazzolla. Golijov transforms these diverse materials into entirely new forms and sounds without obvious references to Read more their sources.

Born into an Eastern European Jewish family in La Plata, Argentina, Golijov first studied music with Gerardo Gandini, a pupil of Alberto Ginastera, whose music combined a nationalistic idiom with advanced European procedures, such as the twelve-tone system. In 1983, Golijov moved to Israel, where he took up studies with Ukraine-born musicologist and composer Mark Kopytman, whose pieces include graphic notation and chance elements. Golijov came to the United States in 1986, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb, then later continued his studies at Tanglewood with Lukas Foss and Oliver Knussen.

In 1990 Golijov was named a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. That year, he became acquainted with the Kronos Quartet, for whom he wrote K'vakarat for string quartet and cantor, and in 1997 composed Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for string quartet and clarinet. Other artists for whom Golijov has written include the Rumanian Gypsy band Taraf de Haďdouks, the Mexican rock band Cafe Tacuba, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, and fiddler Alicia Svigals.

His breakthrough score, La Pasión Según San Marcos (2000), commemorated the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death. It was commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the European Music Festival, which also included works by Wolfgang Rihm and Sofia Gubaydulina. In 2002, the Haenssler recording of La Pasión Según San Marcos received Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.

In 2006, Golijov's opera Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears), was produced at Tanglewood by Peter Sellars and was released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon, featuring Dawn Upshaw, Kelley O'Connor, and Jessica Rivera in the lead roles, supported by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, under Robert Spano. The recording won two Grammy awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Composition.

Golijov has received numerous commissions from major ensembles and institutions in the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and several other awards. He has taken up duties as composer-in-residence for many major festivals and workshops, and has worked extensively with the Silk Road Project. He has been a member of the music faculties at Holy Cross College, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston Conservatory. His works have been published by Ytalianna Music Publishing. Read less
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  • 1.
    Klezmer Dreams / Moisan, Saulnier, Quatuor Molinari
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22738 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Kovács,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Airat Ichmouratov  ... 
    Performer:  André Moisan,  Jean Saulnier,  Olga Ranzenhofer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Molinari Quartet
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    Emil Jonason Plays Lindberg & Golijov (Hybr)
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2188 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Lindberg,  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Emil Jonason
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,  Vamlingbo Quartet
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    Golijov: Azul / Yo-Yo Ma, Jacobsen, The Knights
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559989 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Jacobsen,  Antonín Dvorák,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Karlheinz Stockhausen  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Michael Ward-Bergeman,  Jamey Haddad,  Cyro Baptista
    Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
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    Hypersuite 2: Music for Solo Cello / Adkins
    Label: Oberlin Music   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Elliott Carter,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Arne Nordheim  ... 
    Performer:  Darrett Adkins
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    Oceana / The Esoterics, Banks
    Label: Terpsichore (Classical)   Catalog: 1715 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Gosta Nystroem,  Eric Banks
    Conductor:  Eric Banks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Esoterics
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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    Illuminations / Avalon String Quartet
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 156 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Benjamin Britten,  Stacy Garrop,  Osvaldo Golijov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avalon String Quartet
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    Orbit: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014) / Haimovitz
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186542 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  David Sanford,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Matt Haimovitz
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    Facts Of Life
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71298 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  David Leisner,  Tara Helen O'Connor
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    Te Amo, Argentina / Lysy, Pezzone [Vinyl]
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: YAR95793-517V2 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Bragato,  Alberto Ginastera,  Astor Piazzolla,  Osvaldo Golijov  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Lysy,  Bryan Pezzone
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    The Argentinian Album / Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33014 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Alberto Ginastera,  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Candida Thompson
    Conductor:  Candida Thompson
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    Solo / Alisa Weilerstein
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002160802 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Bright Sheng
    Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein
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    Dreams & Prayers /  David Krakauer, A Far Cry
    Label: Crier   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  David Krakauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Far Cry
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    Reinecke: Cello Concerto
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3446 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Reinecke,  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Bloch,  Osvaldo Golijov  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Samis,  James Button,  Eric Willie
    Conductor:  Gregory Wolynec
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    Explorer Series: Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 536951 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Dumisani Maraire,  Hassan Hakmoun,  Foday Musa Suso,  Lawrence JKS Tamusuza  ... 
    Performer:  Dumisani Maraire,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Hank Dutt,  John Sherba  ... 
    Conductor:  Terrence Kelly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir,  Tuvan Singers  ... 
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    Blanc / Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28737 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Garry Schyman,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Adrian Munsey,  Marjan Mozetich  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Angčle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    New Impossibilities / Harth-Bedoya, Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56286 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rabih Abou-Khalil,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Huang Hai-huai,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Kojiro Umezaki,  Yo-Yo Ma,  DaXun Zhang,  Yang Wei  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Qi Lin,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Dreams & Prayers / Paul Roe, Con Tempo Quartet
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2097 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov,  Jane O'Leary,  Nick Roth
    Performer:  Paul Roe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Con Tempo string quartet
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    Levant / Amici Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22655 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Gurdjieff,  Gayané Chebotaryan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amici Chamber Ensemble
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    Best of Salvatore Licitra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 798960 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Licitra,  Mary Plazas,  Marcelo Alvarez
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli,  Daniel May
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 21.
    Antonio Lysy At The Broad: Music From Argentina
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 27517 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  José Bragato,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Bryan Pezzone,  Antonio Lysy,  Phillip Levy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Live In Buenos Aires - Joanna MacGregor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 684759 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Dowland,  Egberto Gismonti,  Osvaldo Golijov  ... 
    Performer:  Joanna MacGregor
    Conductor:  Joanna MacGregor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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  • 23.
    Encores - Salazar, Saenz, Golijov, Gutierrez / 	Cuarteto Latinoamericano
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92108 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Radamés Gnattali,  Stefano Scodanibbio,  Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez,  Osvaldo Golijov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
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  • 24.
    Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos [2 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001400800 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Gioconda Cabrera,  Jessica Rivera,  Reynaldo Gonzáles Fernández,  Biella Da Costa  ... 
    Conductor:  Maria Guinand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum de Caracas,  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
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  • 25.
    Memories And Souvenirs
    Label: Calabaza Records   Catalog: 50133925 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Summer,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Adam Silverman  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Sue Barston,  Evan Solomon,  Gabriel Kader
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