Life and career
Golijov was born in and grew up in La Plata, Argentina, in a Jewish family that emigrated to Argentina from Romania. His mother was a piano teacher, and his father was a physician. He studied piano in La Plata and studied composition with Gerardo Gandini.
In 1983, Golijov moved to Israel, where he studied with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy. Three years later, he studied with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate. In 1991, Golijov joined the faculty of the College of the Holy Cross at Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was named Loyola Professor of Music in 2007. For the 2012-13 season, he held the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall. As of 2016 he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Golijov has married and divorced twice. He had three children with his first wife, Silvia. He subsequently married and later divorced architect and designer Neri Oxman.