Osvaldo Noe Golijov is a Grammy awardwinning composer of classical music.
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 Astor Piazzolla," according to his official website. He studied piano at the local conservatory in La Plata and studied composition with Gerardo Gandini.
Golijov and composers Sofia Gubaidulina, Tan Dun, and Wolfgang Rihm were commissioned by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to write pieces for the Passion 2000 project in commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach. Golijov's contribution was La Pasion segun San Marcos (The Passion according to St. Mark).
Official website of Osvaldo Golijov
Interview with Osvaldo Golijov, 2008, from Habitus: A Diaspora Journal
Osvaldo Golijov discusses his opera, Aidanamar
NPR's Tom Huizenga names La Pasion Segun San Marcos one of the classical recordings of the decade
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