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ELMAR OLIVEIRA

The first American to win the Tchaikovsky Competition and the first violinist to be awarded an Avery Fisher Prize, Elmar Oliveira is known by colleagues as a hard-working musician—something he attributes to seeing his father sustain two jobs to support the family. He studied with Ariana Bronne and Raphael Bronstein in New York and it was the latter who insisted he compete in the Tchaikovsky Competition. Vladimir Spivakov (joint-second in 1970) was horrified by his choice of Vieuxtemps’s Concerto No. 5 for the final, saying ‘big mistake […] here no-one plays it live’; the audience and orchestra, however, were enraptured by Oliveira’s performance, leaving the judges little choice but to award him first prize.

In organising each season’s programmes Oliveira balances standard concertos with those by less popular composers such as Korngold, Walton and Glazunov as well as introducing at least one new work; he has given an impressive number of premières, including works by Panufnik, Wuorinen, Laderman, Tower and Morton Gould. His favourite violin is a 1729–30 Guarneri, the ‘Lady Stretton’; he had an exact copy made in 1994 which he has used undetected in concert. He uses a mixture of strings, creating a blend across the instrument, and selects carefully (from his large collection) the best bow for each occasion, according to repertoire and venue.

Oliveira’s playing has the warmth and expressivity typical of his generation. In some senses he might be described as stylistically derivative; his Grammy®-nominated 1986 Barber Concerto, for example, owes a heavy debt to Stern’s famous 1964 recording. His 1999 Bach A minor Concerto (which he insisted should be recorded live in one take) is of the rather portly mid- to late-twentieth-century mainstream mould, Oliveira’s direction of the ensemble and inclusion of a harpsichord being the only concessions to period practice. The Bartók Romanian Dances (c. 1982) perhaps lack individuality, although No. 4 is a particularly fine rendition. The 2006 Copland Sonata is one of his most effective performances, with apt use of portamenti in the first movement and an evocation of the wide, open spaces that characterise Copland’s more reflective compositions. Joseph Achron’s Violin Concerto (2003) is an excellent example of Oliveira’s more unusual repertoire: his tone is rich and vibrant without the stridency often encountered with solo violinists of this period. There are more distinctive voices in solo string playing, but Oliveira’s is certainly a good representation of the mainstream.

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ACHRON: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Golem / 2 Tableaux from Belshazzar Naxos
8.559408
Concertos
AITKEN: Aspen Concerto / Rameau Remembered / In Praise of Ockeghem Artek
AR-0004-2
Concertos
BACH, J.S.: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043 and 1056 (Oliveira, Gruesser, Arco Ensemble) Artek
AR-0054-2
Concertos
BAROQUE! - A Collection of Baroque Gems from the Delos Catalog Delos
DE1500
Concertos
BEETHOVEN / MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concertos Artek
AR-0040-2
Concertos
BRAHMS / SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concertos Artek
AR-0003-2
Concertos
BRAHMS: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Artek
AR-0008-2
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHAMOMILE Delos
DE1629
Concertos
CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG - A Day in the Life of Lucky Delos
DE1617
Concertos
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Concertos
CORIGLIANO / COPLAND: Violin Sonatas / DELLO JOIO, N.: Variations and Capriccio Artek
AR-0035-2
Chamber Music
DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEO (A) - Classical Music for You and Your Cat Delos
DE1616
Concertos
ELGAR: Violin Sonata, Op. 82 / FAURE: Violin Sonata, Op. 13 Artek
AR-0019-2
Chamber Music
FAVORITE VIOLIN ENCORES Artek
AR-0007-2
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
FLAGELLO: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 / Credendum Artek
AR-0002-2
Orchestral
FLAGELLO: Violin Concerto / Orchestral Songs Artek
AR-0036-2
Concertos
LEKEU: Violin Sonata / CHAUSSON: Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet Artek
AR-0013-2
Chamber Music, Contemporary Instrumental
PROKOFIEF: Violin Sonata in F Minor / Violin Sonata in D Major / 5 Melodies Artek
AR-0029-2
Chamber Music
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Concertos Ondine
ODE1156-2Q
Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Violin Concerto / Isle of Bliss / Angels and Visitations (Oliveira, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE881-2
Concertos
RESPIGHI / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas Artek
AR-0001-2
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN, R.: Hermann and Dorothea / Overture, Scherzo and Finale / Violin Concerto, in D Minor (Oliveira, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Robertson) Artek
AR-0059-2
Concertos, Interview
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 6 Artek
AR-0017-2
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) (Oliveira, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Schwarz) Delos
DE3007
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / Water Music (Oliveira, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Schwarz) Delos
DE3704
Concertos

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