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Violinist Elmar Oliveira, friends present Absolut(e) Russian at Bing. U.
Roberta Crawford speaks about Absolut(e) Russian at Binghamton U.
Violinist Elmar Oliveira, friends present <i>Absolut(e) Russian</i> at Bing. U.
Elmar Oliveira, violin
Violist Roberta Crawford speaks with WSKG's Bill Snyder about this weekend's concert Absolut(e) Russian
Elmar Oliveira, violin (and friends)
Sunday, March 4, 3pm
Chamber Hall, Anderson Center
Binghamton University Campus

This event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for faculty, staff, and seniors, and $10 for students. T ickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling (607) 777-A R T S, online at anderson.binghamton.edu, or at the door. For more information, call the Binghamton University Music Department at (607) 777-2592 or visit our web site: music.binghamton.edu.

Elmar Oliveira , hailed as one of the most commanding violinists of our time, will perform in the Absolut(e) Russian Concert on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University . Performing Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Shostakovich's Piano Quintet and Prokofiev's Five Melodies, Mr. Oliveira will be joined by violinists Janey Choi and Patricia Sunwoo, special guest Sandra Robbins and Roberta Crawford on violas, Stephen Stalker and Hakan Tayga-Hromek on celli and Michael Salmirs on piano.

Elmar Oliveira is one of the few major artists committed to the entire spectrum of the violin world, constantly expanding traditional repertoire boundaries as a champion of contemporary music and rarely-heard works of the past. Among his generation's most honored artists, Elmar Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow 's Tchaikovsky International Competition. He is also the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, in addition to capturing First Prizes at the Naumburg international Competition and the G.B. Dealey Competition. Elmar Oliveira performs exclusively on an instrument known as the "Stretton", made ca. 1729-31 by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, and on an exact copy of that violin made by Curtin and Alf in 1993.

Mr. Oliveira has become a familiar and much-admired figure at the world's foremost concert venues. His rigorous international itinerary includes appearances in recital and with many of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Zurich Tonhalle, Cleveland , Philadelphia , Leipzig , Gewandhaus Orchestras; the New York , Helsinki , Los Angeles and London Philharmonic Orchestras; and the San Francisco , Saint Louis , Boston , and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. He has also extensively toured the Far East, South America , Australia and New Zealand . Mr. Oliveira's upcoming engagements include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Montréal Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Moscow State Academic Symphony, and many more. Recent and upcoming recitals include National Gallery in Washington DC , Alice Tully Hall in New York , Sanibel ( Florida ), Kansas City , Johns Hopkins University and Caramoor.

A prodigious recording artist, Elmar Oliveira is a two-time Grammy nominee for his CD of the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony. His discography on Artek, Angel, SONY Masterworks, Vox, Delos , IMP, Ondine, and Melodiya ranges widely from works by Bach and Vivaldi to the Present. His best-selling recording of the Rautavaara Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) recently won a Cannes Classical Award and has appeared on Gramophone's "Editor's Choice" and other Best Recordings lists around the world.

Sandra Robbins graduated from the Manhattan School of Music after studying viola in both the preparatory and college divisions with Lillian Fuchs. Ms. Robbins has recorded for Newport Classics, New World Records, and can be heard on the world premiere recording of Max Bruch's recently published viola quintet in A minor (1919) on Premier Recordings with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, as well as on the Elan label in a performance of the Martinu Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola with violinist Elmar Oliveira. She also plays on the recently released recording of Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet with violinist Elmar Oliveira and pianist Robert Koenig on Biddulph Recordings.