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Born: 1960, La Plata, Argentina
“Looking back to the past century, I see that what has survived is not the product of dogmas, but the music of shameless opportunists like Stravinsky, Strauss, Ravel, Berg, Armstrong, Ellington, Miles Davis, the Beatles, etc.”
A student of a diverse range of composers, Golijov has blended Argentinean music, traditional Jewish idioms, and modern sounds into a distinctive style. His klezmer-influenced clarinet quintet The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994) first brought him to international attention and other works have received considerable acclaim. He has received commissions from – among others – the Spoleto USA Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Chicago Symphony. He is an Associate Professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory.
Yiddishbuk (1992); The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994), etc.
Todd Palmer (clarinet), St. Lawrence String Quartet, et al. (EMI Classics)
Ainadamar (opera, 2003, 2005)
Kelley O’Connor, Jessica Rivera, Dawn Upshaw
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (DG)