Distinguished Artist-in-Residence up for Grammy

Violin virtuoso, Elmar Oliveira, nominated for “Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)”

Published Jan. 14, 2009

Often referred to as ‘the biggest night in music,’ the 51st Annual Grammy Awards is just a few weeks away, and this year, the renowned event one of Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music’s Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Elmar Oliveira, among its nominees. Oliveira, one of the most distinguished violinists in the world today, has been nominated in the category of “Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)” for his recently released CD of the Ernest Bloch and Bejamin Lees violin concertos with conductor John McGlaughlin Williams and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine on the Artek label.

Competing in the classical field, Oliveira will be up against other instrumental soloists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. (Find a complete list of nominees on www.Grammy.com).  The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8.

Next month, the Grammy nominee will be taking the stage for the program Elmar Oliveira and Friends on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall in the de Hoernle International Center on Lynn’s campus. Oliveira and his Conservatory colleagues will present a concert of diverse chamber music. Tickets are $25. To make reservations call 561-237-9000 or visit www.lynn.edu/tickets.

Brief Bio: Oliveira, a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the Conservatory of Music, was nine when he began studying the violin. He remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Competition. A now three-time Grammy nominee, Oliveira’s large discography appears on CBS, EMI, Sony, Vox, Ondine, Naxos and Artek, among others. He is one of the few major artists committed to the entire spectrum of the violin world – expanding traditional repertoire boundaries as a champion of contemporary music and rarely heard works of the past, devoting energy to the young artists of tomorrow, and supporting the art of modern violin and bow makers. View Oliveira’s full schedule, repertoire, discography and biography at www.elmaroliveira.com.