Down With Yo-Yo Ma! Local Musician Up for Grammy
Awards, schmawards -- Oliveira gets all the satisfaction he needs from his killer job. In addition to teaching part-time at Lynn University, he performs all over the world and has been to every continent except Africa! The violinist says "it's considered a success to sell 6,000 records" -- but he earns eanough to have bought himself a multi-million-dollar violin ( His Guarneri del Gesu, he says, is worth two Stradivariuses!) and cribs in both New York and Florida.
More from the nominee after the jump, including a video of him in action.
It's not just the swag that makes his work so great, Oliveira says humbly: "To play the works of the great composers is a a gift that was given to me -- a wonderful, terribly inspiring, and uplifting life."
The maestro doesn't know whether he'll attend the ceremony in LA on February 8 -- because he might have a show that night. But if he ends up going, he promises to give us an update on all the backstage celebrity gossip. There's just one hitch: Would Oliviera, who listens mostly to jazz, even know what Kanye West looks like? "Probably not," he laughs.
Here is a video of Elmar going off on Tchaikovsky.