Violinist Walter Olivares has received consistent praise by the press both in the US and abroad. Tim Page of the New York Times characterized his style and sound as ‘the last word in refinement’. Known for his interpretation of the works of Mozart described by the critics as ‘Euclidian perfection’, Olivares has also been praised for his interpretation and style of the lush romantic and rhapsodic literature for the violin. Of his Tzigane critics have said ‘erotic’ ‘perfect’ breathtaking’ ‘caressing tone’ ‘..can do anything with the violin’. Of his Brahms violin concerto standing ovations have followed his performances described as ‘outstanding rendition by the soloist’. As a chamber music artist, he was described as” ‘...a muscular bundle of virtuosity with a comfortable aura of command…and a most ingratiating smile’. A palpable sense of strength flowed through him through the rest of the players.’ His repertoire ranges from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to the concerti of Mozart and Beethoven, as well as those of the great romantics. Beyond his classical expertise, Olivares has also shared the stage with some of the great entertainers of the world such as Frank Sinatra and Bill Cosby. Professor Olivares has twice been listed in Who is Who among America’s Teachers and has performed on National Public Radio in the US. In addition to teaching violin and Music History at the University of Alaska Anchorage, professor Olivares is the conductor of the University Sinfonia. One of the top violin teachers in the country, Olivares’ students teach and perform at major universities and festivals in the US and Europe. His ‘devilish’ performance of a rare arrangement of Porgy and Bess on July 2005 in New York brought thunderous applause.