Renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira will share the stage with celebrated violinist Sirena Huang, the winner of Oliveira’s namesake international prize in 2017. Oliveira remains the only American winner of the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition and the first violinist to win the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.
The pair will join the symphony at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 16, on Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor and on Barber’s Violin Concerto, op. 14.
“It’s not too often that you have two terrific artists on the same program,” principal conductor Guillermo Figueroa said.
“I was booking Sirena – Sirena, Elmar and I all have the same manager,” Figueroa said. “The manager called me and said, ‘Would you like to have Elmar?’ I said, ‘Are you crazy? I can’t afford him.’ She got him to accept a big break with our orchestra.”