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EOIVC 2020 January 14-26, 2020
 

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Contact: Raechel Alexander

Phone: 917-815-8790

Email: ralexander@ra-completecommunications.com

ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION ANNOUNCES

REPERTOIRE, INTERNATIONAL JUDGES AND NEW ELEMENTS OF ITS 2020 COMPETITION

 

EOIVC International Panel of Nine Judges: Andrés Cárdenes,

David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury), Ilya Kaler, Sung-Ju Lee, Silvia Marcovici,

Mihaela Martin, Gerardo Ribeiro, Barry Shiffman and Kathleen Winkler

 

Repertoire for EOIVC 2020 Includes EOIVC-Commissioned Work

by Christopher Theofanidis for Solo Violin as well as

Pieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Beethoven, Brahms,

Dvorák, Saint-Saëns and Lalo

 

Online Submissions Open 12:01 a.m. EST on March 27, 2019

 

EOIVC to Offer Travel Stipends and Host Families for All Competitors

 

First Prize $30K, Second Prize $15K, Third Prize $10K and Honorable Mention $5K

Additional Career Support for First Prize Winner in the Areas of

Management, Public Relations, Community Engagement and Performance Opportunities

 

In Addition to Monetary Prizes, the EOIVC will Also Award

Instruments, a Bow and Violin Case among the Finalists

 

First Prize Winner will be Featured as Soloist with Orchestras

and in Recital at Festivals and on Concert Series Worldwide

 

New Community Engagement Award of $2,500 to be Given to one of the Four Finalists in addition to Placement Prizes; Community Engagement Component to be Judged by a Panel of Local Community Partners

 

December 13, 2018, Boca Raton, FL – The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) is proud to announce its panel of nine judges, repertoire and several exciting new offerings and initiatives for its upcoming competition which takes place from January 14-26, 2020 on the campus of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL. The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is only the second competition of its kind solely dedicated to the violin that is based in the United States. The EOIVC is unique for the defining opportunities it offers to young violinists, ages 16-32, who are striving to establish distinguished careers, as well as its dedication to encouraging these young artists to engage with the communities they serve.

 

New offerings and initiatives for EOIVC 2020 include: travel stipends and host families for all Competitors; the creation of a Community Engagement Award that will be given to one Finalist (in addition to their placement prize and judged separately from the main competition); as well as instruments, a bow, and a Musafia Violin Case for distribution among the Finalists.

 

The repertoire for EOIVC 2020 features a newly-commissioned work for solo violin by one of the leading musical voices of our time and EOIVC Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Theofanidis, that will be premiered at the competition during the Quarter Final Round. A complete list of the repertoire requirements can be found here (elmaroliveiraivc.org) and includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Saint-Saëns and Lalo. Online submissions will be accepted via the EOIVC website starting 12:01 a.m. EST March 27, 2019.

 

The EOIVC 2020 panel of nine jurists—an increase of judges from its inaugural competition which had seven in 2017—is composed of many of today’s leading violinists and was selected by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians. The EOIVC international panel of jurists consists of remarkable artists from six countries: Andrés Cárdenes (United States), David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury / United States), Ilya Kaler (United States), Sung-Ju Lee (South Korea), Silvia Marcovici (Romania/France), Mihaela Martin (Romania), Gerardo Ribeiro (Portugal/United States), Barry Shiffman (Canada), and Kathleen Winkler (United States).

 

The Elmar Oliveira Foundation, the umbrella organization for the EOIVC, in addition to cultivating and nurturing talented young violinists, encourages Laureates of the EOIVC to give back to the communities they serve. In this spirit, and new to the 2020 competitive process, the EOIVC will award one Finalist a Community Engagement Award of $2,500, to be given in addition to the placement prizes of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention.

 

All EOIVC Competitors that advance to the Final Round are required to participate in the Community Engagement Round. This round will not be judged by the EOIVC Jury and has no bearing on the final results of the overall competition. Participants in this round will be judged by a predetermined panel of Community Partners, and will give a 45-minute interactive presentation to children, ages 8-11, of Plumosa School of the Arts. The special Community Engagement Award, will be awarded to the EOIVC Finalist who scores the highest from the predetermined Community Engagement criteria decided by the Community Partners. These criteria will be communicated in advance of the starting of the competition in January 2020. Translation services will be made available upon request.

 

The Community Panelists include: Bama Lutes Deal, Program Manager, Cultural Concierge, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Robert Weinroth, Palm Beach County Commissioner; and Laura Sinclair, Director of Strings, Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts. Additional Community Panelists will be announced at a later date.

 

Repertoire and Submissions

The repertoire for EOIVC 2020 features a newly-commissioned work for solo violin by one of the leading musical voices of our time, Christopher Theofanidis, that will be premiered at the competition during the Quarter Final Round. A complete list of the repertoire requirements can be found here (elmaroliveiraivc.org) and includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Saint-Saëns and Lalo. Online submissions will be accepted via the EOIVC website starting 12:01 a.m. EST March 27, 2019.

 

EOIVC 2020 Candidates, who are no younger than 16 years of age at time of submission and no older than 32 years of age by the end of the competition (January 26, 2020) are selected through an intensive four-step process. A maximum of 20 quarter finalists and three alternates will be selected from the online submissions. Entries for consideration must be submitted online with complete repertoire, the  $125 registration fee, and fully executed documents by no earlier than 12:01 a.m. EST March 27, 2019 nor later than 11:59 p.m. EST September 27, 2019.

 

Prizes

From January 14-January 26, 2020, the Quarter Finalists chosen from the online submissions will compete in three rounds in Boca Raton, Florida. The final concerts will take place on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus and are open to the public.

 

Four prizes will be awarded. First prize winner will receive $30,000; second $15,000; third $10,000 and Honorable Mention $5,000. In addition to receiving a monetary prize, the first prize winner will also receive performance engagements, community outreach opportunities and career support in the areas of management and public relations, that includes guaranteed performances with orchestras and at festivals and on concert series worldwide.

 

To supplement the placement prizes, the first prize winner will also receive a violin, bow and a Musafia case; an additional instrument will be distributed among the other Finalists.

 

Panel of International Judges

The EOIVC 2020 panel of nine jurists—an increase of judges from its 2017 inaugural competition which had seven—is composed of many of today’s leading violinists and was personally selected by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians. The EOIVC international panel of jurists consists of remarkable artists from six countries: Andrés Cárdenes (United States), David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury / United States), Ilya Kaler (United States), Sung-Ju Lee (South Korea), Silvia Marcovici (Romania/France), Mihaela Martin (Romania), Gerardo Ribeiro (Portugal/United States), Barry Shiffman (Canada) and Kathleen Winkler (United States).

 

Housing and Travel Stipends for All Competitors

The EOIVC is proud to announce that it will now offer all competitors housing, through host families; travel stipends (to be used for transportation costs for travel to and from the competition); as well as rideshare vouchers to be utilized during the process of competing in Florida. These generous offers are in addition to the daily lunch stipend being offered by Lynn University for on-campus dining options.

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Contact: Raechel Alexander

Phone: 917-815-8790

Email: ralexander@ra-completecommunications.com

 

 

ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SHAR MUSIC AND PLUMOSA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

DONATES CELLO TO YOUNG STUDENT

 

Aidan Lucero, a Ten-Year-Old Student from Plumosa School of the Arts,

—a Title 1 School Located in Delray Beach, FL—

is Gifted a Carlo Lamberti Sonata Cello as well as Free Semimonthly Lessons

 

June 12, 2018, Boca Raton, FL—The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) in partnership with SHAR Music and the Plumosa School of the Arts, surprised ten-year-old cello student, Aidan Lucero, with the donation of a Carlo Lamberti Sonata Cello in 3/4 size from SHAR Music during a special presentation at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings @ Lynn University.

 

The event was held at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and began with a performance of the Allegro from Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515 featuring violinists Elmar Oliveira and Jill Arbetter, violists Sandra Robins and Laura Sinclair, and cellist Manuel Capote. In addition to the cello, Aidan will also receive free semimonthly private cello instruction from Manuel Capote, Music Education and Community Outreach Coordinator from Lynn University Conservatory of Music. 

 

Aidan, originally from Hollywood, FL, has been a student at the Plumosa School of the Arts—a kindergarten through 5th grade Title 1 school located in Delray Beach, FL, with a majority of the student body unable to afford renting or purchasing their own instruments or paying for private music instruction—for six years. While at Plumosa, and by his own choice, Aidan began studying the cello in 3rd grade. This fall, he will be attending BAK Middle School of the Arts with the ultimate goal of attending A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a public high school focused on the performing arts located in West Palm Beach, FL. 

 

While seeking out and supporting talented young violinists, ages 16-32, is at the core of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, the EOIVC has a deep commitment to engaging with the communities it serves. The EOIVC recognizes the vital importance of encouraging and inspiring young musicians to think beyond themselves, using their skills to better the world around them and striving to become citizen artists.  The EOIVC provides a wide-range of community engagement activities that not only involve its Laureates, but also its international judges and its Founder & Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira and Executive Director, Jill Arbetter.

 

Elmar Oliveira, Founder and Artistic Director, EOIVC: “The EOIVC is dedicated to serving and engaging with the community to better the world around us. Through our partnership with SHAR Music, Plumosa School of the Arts, and cellist Manuel Capote, we are able to provide Aidan Lucero, a young, dedicated and deserving student, the opportunity of a lifetime and the support he needs to succeed. We thank our partners and can’t wait to watch Aidan grow as both an artist and a person.”

 

Charles Avsharian, CEO, SHAR Music Company: “It gives all of us at SHAR Music great pride in knowing Aidan Lucero and of his dedication to the fine art of cello playing. We would like to thank Elmar Oliveira, Jill Arbetter, and Raechel Alexander from the EOIVC organization, Laura Sinclair from the Plumosa School for the Arts and Cellist and Teacher Manny Capote for including us in this special gift. SHAR Music is very glad to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of this young musician.  We wish Aidan years and years of happiness while fulfilling his musical dreams. “

 

Laura Sinclair, Director of Strings for Plumosa School of the Arts and a Director at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings: “The presentation of this cello and lessons for Aidan is evidence that Plumosa is supported by a community. We are so grateful to the EOIVC, SHAR Music, and Manny Capote for this extraordinary gift. Aidan has always been a committed student of the cello, curious and eager to learn more. It’s easy to see that the cello has improved his self-confidence, and it is my hope that music will always be a part of his life, and he will be an active champion for arts education.”

 

Manuel Capote, cellist: “Music has given everything to me and I feel passionately that it is time to give back. I look forward to working with Aidan and seeing him flourish.”

 

Aidan Lucero, student from Plumosa School of the Arts, recipient of donated cello from SHAR Music and free semimonthly lessons from Manuel Capote: “I want to thank the EOIVC, Plumosa School of the Arts, SHAR Music, and Manuel Capote for their amazing gifts. The cello, and music in general, is so important to me and to know that I have so much support makes me want to give it my all as I work hard toward my goals.”

 

About

 

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. The mission of the EOIVC is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement, and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians. For more information on the EOIVC, please visit elmaroliveiraivc.org.

 

EOIVC 2017 was an overwhelming success. It received submissions by more than 80 talented applicants from more than 15 countries. Live streaming of the final concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social platforms. The winners of the inaugural competition were Sirena Huang (First Prize), Alina Ming Kobialka (Second Prize), Hannah Tarley (Third Prize), and Quanshuai Li (received Honorable Mention).

 

SHAR Music is the recognized market leader in North America as a supplier of string family instruments, bows, sheet music, cases, strings and accessories. Customers regularly order from all states/provinces, as well as over 60 countries. Employing more than 100 individuals total, SHAR continues to grow in size and scope.

 

Advanced players and professional musicians alike have come to depend upon the SHAR Violin Shop's unique offering of products and services. SHAR is also one of the largest suppliers of Suzuki Method™ materials in the country. From the youngest beginner to accomplished professionals, SHAR endeavors to offer the best selection and quality of bowed string family products at excellent prices.

 

Plumosa School of the Arts has 627 students: 86.5% minority (e.g., black, Hispanic, Haitian) and 76% receive free and reduced lunch. The school is a Title 1 school, and the majority of the student body are not able to afford to rent or purchase their own instruments nor pay for private music instruction.  Students in grades K-2 receive 45 minutes of Fine Arts instruction every day and the students in grades 3-5 receive 60 minutes each day. Students participate in the following Fine Arts: band (a variety of brass and woodwind instruments), percussion, piano, strings, dance, drama, movement, television production, digital media, vocal music and visual art.

 

Manuel Capote was principal cellist with the Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, and the Miami City Ballet Orchestras for over twenty years. He has taught at American Heritage School of Boca/Delray, and was Conductor and Music Director with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County. In 2010, Mr. Capote joined the staff at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music as the Music Education and Community Outreach Programs Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty member.  At Lynn, he has established and coordinates two successful free music partnership/mentoring programs as well as a free summer string camp for Title 1 elementary string students. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lynn University where his focus is on mentoring the underserved.

 

He has performed chamber music in the United States and Europe and has been a fellowship member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. His teachers have included Ingus Naruns, Dudley Powers, Frank Miller, and Laszlo Varga. He has worked with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett.

 

Violist, violinist, and educator Laura Sinclair is an active performer in the South Florida music scene, she is a member of Symphony of the Americas and the Kravis Pops Orchestra and has performed with Florida Grand Opera, Boca Symphonia, Palm Beach Pops, and Florida Sunshine Pops, in addition to creating solo and chamber music performances in the community.  Most recently, she appeared on both violin and viola in the Miami stop of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”.  She has performed with Broadway greats Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, and Hugh Jackman, rocker Rod Stewart, guitar legends Bucky and John Pizzarelli, indie artists Amanda Palmer and Dashboard Confessional, and renowned pianist/theatre star Michael Cavanaugh.  She is the Director of Strings for Plumosa School of the Arts, Orchestra director of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc Summer Strings at Lynn University and maintains a vibrant Suzuki studio.

 

Nat King Cole Generation Hope’s mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources by funding programs that provide for instruction, mentoring and resources.

 

Twin daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, Casey and Timolin Cole of Boca Raton, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. to honor the legacy, music and life of their father Nat King Cole in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts. Since that time, donations of more than $1.5 million have benefited thousands of children with the greatest need and fewest resources in Broward, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.

 

Now in its seventh year, Summer Strings @ Lynn University, will be held Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 with a FREE Grand Finale Community Concert held on June 22 at 2:00 pm. The camp hosts 94 string students from five Palm Beach County schools: Berkshire, Plumosa, U. B. Kinsey/Palmview, BAK and Dreyfoos. This life changing experience provides students an opportunity to receive the highest quality string instruction from Lynn Conservatory of Music graduate and undergraduate student mentors as well as School District of Palm Beach County Orchestra Directors and former Summer Strings alumni. Students receive individual, small group and large ensemble instruction. For more information about Nat King Cole Generation Hope and/or Summer Strings, please contact Shanna St. John at 561-213-8209 or sstjohn@natkingcolegenhope.org.

 

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Announced: Monday, February 12, 2018

 

—ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION—

 

EOIVC ANNOUNCES NEXT COMPETITION

JANUARY 14-26, 2020

 

First Prize $30K, Second Prize $15K, Third Prize $10K

Additional Career Support for First Prize Winner in the Areas of

Management, Public Relations, and Performance Opportunities

 

David Cerone Named Chairman of EOIVC 2020 Jury;

 Christopher Theofanidis Named EOIVC 2020 Composer-In-Residence

 

 

Boca Raton, Florida (February 12, 2018)—Today the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, announced the dates of its second competition, January 14-26, 2020 to be held on Lynn’s campus in Boca Raton, FL.  Online submissions for entry will be accepted beginning March 27, 2019. Repertoire and judges will be announced at a later date. The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is only the second competition of its kind solely dedicated to the violin that is based in the United States. The EOIVC is unique for the defining opportunities it offers to young violinists, ages 16-32, who are striving to establish distinguished careers. 

 

Internationally-acclaimed composer, Christopher Theofanidis, joins EOIVC 2020 as its Composer-in-Residence.  Mr. Theofanidis has been commissioned by the EOIVC to write a short piece for solo violin that will be included in the repertoire for the quarter finals.  World-renowned pedagogue David Cerone will serve as Chairman of the EOIVC 2020 Jury. The EOIVC 2020 panel of nine jurists will include many of today’s leading violinists selected by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians and will be announced at a later date.

 

EOIVC 2020 Candidates, who are no younger than 16 at time of submission (March 27, 2019) and no older than 32 by the end of the competition (January 26, 2020) are selected through an intensive four-step process. A maximum of 20 quarter finalists will be selected from the online submissions. Entries for consideration must be submitted online with a $125 registration fee by no earlier than 12:01 a.m. EST March 27, 2019 nor later than 11:59 p.m. EST September 27, 2019.  Subsequent submission information, including repertoire, will be announced at a later date.

 

From January 14-January 26, 2020, the quarter finalists chosen from the online submissions will compete in three rounds in Boca Raton, Florida. The final concerts will take place on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus and are open to the public. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa will lead the Lynn Philharmonia and the four finalists in the two concerts. Winners will be chosen from the finalists and awards will be given in a ceremony following the final performance on Sunday, January 26.

 

Four prizes will be awarded. First prize winner will receive $30,000; second $15,000; third $10,000 and Honorable Mention $5,000. In addition to receiving the monetary prize, the first prize winner will also receive performance opportunities and career support in the areas of management and public relations. Additional prizes will be announced at a later date.

 

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition takes place once every three years. The inaugural competition was held at Lynn University in January and February 2017. Twenty-two-year-old American violinist Sirena Huang was the competition’s first prize winner. The 2017 international panel of judges were Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz (Chairman of the Jury), Ilya Kaler and Vera Tsu Wei-ling.

Thomas L. McKinley, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Lynn University, served as the EOIVC inaugural Composer-in-Residence. The closing concerts took place in the Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center.  Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa led the Lynn Philharmonia and the competition finalists in these performances. Live streaming of the final concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social platforms. For more information on the EOIVC and important dates for submission, please visit elmaroliveiraivc.org.

 

About the EOIVC

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. The mission of the EOIVC is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians.

 

EOIVC 2017 was an overwhelming success. It received submissions by more than 80 talented applicants from more than 15 countries. Live streaming of the final concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social platforms. The winners of the inaugural competition were Sirena Huang (First Prize), Alina Ming Kobialka (Second Prize), Hannah Tarley (Third Prize), and Quanshuai Li (received Honorable Mention).

 

In addition to the monetary prize of $30,000 and support in the areas of management, public relations, and networking, Ms. Huang also received a coveted Musafia violin case (donated by Reuning & Sons), a new violin (designed and crafted by celebrated violin makers Andrew Ryan, Feng Jiang, John Young and Jeffrey Phillips) and a Silver-mounted violin bow (designed by Eric Lane).

 

Ms. Huang’s EOIVC performance engagements include: recitals at the Kravis Center, Newport Music Festival and on a series hosted by the Melbourne Chamber Music Society in Florida. She will be a featured soloist with several orchestras, including the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society in Boston, MA; Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and the Savannah Philharmonic this season.   She has also led education and outreach activities under the EOIVC banner, presenting masterclasses to elementary through college-aged students. Additionally, the EOIVC designed and launched her new website, sirenahuang.com, as well as shepherded a partnership with D’Addario Strings. Ms. Huang’s 2018-19 season of EOIVC engagements will be announced at a later date, but includes recitals and performances at major venues and summer festivals as well as with internationally-acclaimed orchestras.

The EOIVC 2017 panel hailed from China, Germany, Iceland, Russia, and the US, and were personally chosen by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians. The 2017 international panel of judges were Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz (Chairman of the Jury), Ilya Kaler and Vera Tsu Wei-ling.

 

The closing concerts took place on February 4 and 5, 2017, in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn University Campus.  Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa led the Lynn Philharmonia and the competition finalists in these performances. Thomas L. McKinley, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Lynn University, served as the EOIVC inaugural composer-in-residence.

 

About Elmar Oliveira, Founder and Artistic Director, EOIVC  

Renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira is considered to be one of today’s prominent instrumentalists, who is an advocate for the music of our time and passionately dedicated to the development of young musicians. To date, he is the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition, and has toured and performed extensively throughout the world to much critical acclaim.

 

Oliveira has appeared regularly at the most prestigious international concert venues and with such eminent ensembles as the Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the London, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Zürich Tonhalle, among many others. He has also made extensive recital tours of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East.

 

Oliveira’s discography on Artek, Angel, SONY Masterworks, Vox, Delos, IMP, Naxos, Ondine, and Melodiya ranges widely from Bach and Vivaldi to works by contemporary masters. His best-selling recording of the Rautavaara Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic won a Cannes Classical Award and was chosen as Gramophone's “Editor's Choice”. He also received Grammy nominations for his recordings of both the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony and the Bloch and Benjamin Lees Violin Concertos under the baton of John McLaughlin Williams.

 

Son of Portuguese immigrants, Oliveira was nine when he began studying the violin with his brother, John Oliveira, and then attended the Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He holds honorary doctorates from both the Manhattan School of Music and Binghamton University. In 1997, the Prime Minister of Portugal awarded Elmar the country's highest civilian accolade, The Order of Santiago. In addition to winning the Gold Medal at Moscow's prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition, Oliveira was also the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and won First Prize at the Naumburg International Competition.

 

Currently, Oliveira is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information on Oliveira, please visit www.elmaroliveira.com.

 

About Chris Theofanidis, EOIVC 2020 Composer-In-Residence

Composer, Christopher Theofanidis (b. 12/18/67 in Dallas, Texas) has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others.  He has also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-7 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang.

Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship to France to study with Tristan Mural at IRCAM, a Tanglewood fellowship, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi, and in 2017 for his bassoon concerto.  His orchestral work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium, having been performed by over 150 orchestras internationally.

 

Mr. Theofanidis’ has written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Brandenburg’ series, and two operas for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies.  Thomas Hampson sang the lead role in the San Francisco opera.  His work for Houston, The Refuge, featurs six sets of international non-Western musicians alongside the opera musicians.  He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano, and has just four recordings with them, including his concert length oratorio, Creation/Creator, which was featured at the SHIFT festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this year with the ASO, chorus, and soloists.  His work, Dreamtime Ancestors, for the orchestral consortium, New Music for America, has been played by over fifty orchestras over the past two seasons.  He has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program, and he is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as well as the Juilliard School.  Mr. Theofanidis is currently a professor at Yale University, and composer-in-residence and co-director of the composition program at the Aspen Music Festival.

 

David Cerone, EOIVC 2020 Chairman of the Jury

David Cerone, Mus.D, served as President of The Cleveland Institute of Music from 1985 to 2008.  He served on the faculty of the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music for nine years.  He founded the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar in 1974, and in 1981, accepted the position of Chairman of the Violin Department at The Curtis Institute of Music. In 1985, with his wife, violinist Linda Sharon Cerone, he co-founded the ENCORE School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio.

 

He made his Cleveland Orchestra solo debut in 1987 with maestro Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and in October 1987, he world-premiered Donald Erb's View of Space and Time for violin and chamber ensemble.

 

He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, in 2009 and received the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.

 

Dr. Cerone has served on the jury panel of numerous national and international violin competitions, including the Paganini, Lipizer, Sion, Thibaud, Qingdao and, most recently, the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competiton.

 

 

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