Osvaldo Golijov

Argentinean Born 00 1960

Osvaldo Golijov (pronounced [ˈgolixof]) grew up in La Plata, Argentina within a family that had come to Argentina in the 1920s from Romania and the Ukraine. As a boy, Golijov studied Yiddish.

Golijov's mother was a piano teacher and his father a physician. He was raised "surrounded by chamber classical music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Ástor Piazzolla," according to his official website. He studied piano at the local conservatory in La Plata and studied composition with Gerardo Gandini.

In 1983 Golijov moved to Israel and studied there with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and three years later moved to the United States of America with his wife, Silvia Golijov, where he studied with American composer George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his Ph.D.

Golijov has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among other awards. He has been composer-in-residence at the Spoleto USA Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Music Alive series, the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and several other festivals. He also is co-composer-in-residence, together with the English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Golijov is a Loyola Professor of Music at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1991. He is also on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory. He lives with his family in Newton, Massachusetts

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