Sunday, January 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals, and intimate coffee houses—any place where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music, initiates groundbreaking collaborations, and creates innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records. Besides his relentless touring schedule, he mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada. Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist for the twenty-first century.
Haimovitz made his debut in 1984 at the age of thirteen, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At seventeen, he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, in Schubert’s String Quintet in C, alongside Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Mstislav Rostropovich.
The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall. In 2000, he made waves with his Bach “Listening-Room” Tour, for which, to great acclaim, Haimovitz took Bach’s beloved cello suites out into the clubs across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Haimovitz’s fifty-state Anthem Tour in 2003 celebrated living American composers and featured the cellist’s own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” Haimovitz was the first classical artist to play at New York’s infamous (now defunct) CBGB music club in a performance filmed by ABC News for Nightline Up Close.
“In his hands, Bach’s music turns into quotidian sound, a music fully part of the now.”—New York Times
“Gorgeous . . . delivered with immense feeling and passionate musicality.”—Strings MagazineBack to Concerts