Osvaldo Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina,
where he was surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music,
and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem
Academy of Music and Dance, he moved to the US in 1986 and earned his Ph.D. at the
University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb. As a fellow at the
Tanglewood Music Festival, he learned from Oliver Knussen.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Golijov began to work closely with two string quartets, the St.
Lawrence String Quartet and the Kronos Quartet, who were the earliest to project his
volatile and category-defying style in its true, full form. Mr. Golijov also collaborates
closely with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya; vocalists Dawn Upshaw, Jessica Rivera, Luciana
Souza, and Biella da Costa; cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Alisa Weilerstein, Maya Beiser, and Matt
Haimovitz; kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor; and percussionist Jamey Haddad.
He has worked with the Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras; the Silk Road
Ensemble; and eighth blackbird.
Mr. Golijov is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Vilcek Prize. In 2007, he
was named the first composer-in-residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has held
similar positions at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; LA Phil LIVE; and the Spoleto USA,
Marlboro Music, Ravinia, Ojai, Trondheim, and Holland festivals. Mr. Golijov is Loyola
Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has
taught since 1991. He has also taught at Tanglewood and led workshops at Carnegie Hall with
Dawn Upshaw. He continues to teach each summer at the Sundance Institute's Composers
Mr. Golijov has scored the soundtracks for Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without
Youth, Tetro, and Twixt. Other recent works include
Azul, a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; She Was
Here, a work based on Schubert lieder premiered by Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra; and Sidereus, a piece commissioned by a consortium of 35
American orchestras in honor of Henry Fogel. He is currently working on a commission for
the Metropolitan Opera.
Mr. Golijov's works are published by Boosey & Hawkes and recorded by Deutsche
Grammophon. Additional albums have been released on the Nonesuch, Sony Classical, Hänssler
Classic, Naxos, Koch, harmonia mundi, and EMI labels.