June 3, 2012
Since the conductor and composer Julian Wachner became the director of music and arts at Trinity Wall Street in September 2010 he has pursued at least two distinct agendas. He has increased the amount of contemporary music performed by the church’s admirable Trinity Choir, Continue reading
May 11, 2012
It has been an eventful few months for cellist Matt Haimovitz. He began the year touring with pianist Christopher O’Riley in support of the duo’s recent CD, “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” whose tracklist ranges from Janacek and Stravinsky to arrangements of Blonde Redhead and Cocteau Twins. In March he gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Continue reading
April 1, 2012
Composer Philip Glass featured the cello in his soundtrack to the Godfrey Reggio film “Naqoyqatsi,” he said, because “we think of the cello as the instrument closest to the human voice.”
On Friday night, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and cellist Matt Haimovitz performed the world premiere of Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,” a CSO commission based on his film score. On the podium was Dennis Russell Davies, a frequent Glass collaborator.
Haunting and deeply beautiful, Continue reading
March 23, 2012
In case you missed it, Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley perform a classical rendition of Arcade Fire’s ‘Empty Room’ from their double-album CD set, ‘Shuffle.Play.Listen.’
May 6, 2013
Matt Haimovitz & Cincinnati Symphony
Philip Glass, Cello Concerto No. 2 (Orange Mountain)
May 5, 2013
Liszt, O’Riley’s Liszt performed by pianist Christopher O’Riley (Oxingale, two discs). In one sense, this is a glorious – indeed, somewhat hilarious – anachronism Continue reading
May 3, 2013
Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt (1811-86) made a career as the consummate concert showoff. He fully learned to be a showoff from fiddler Nicolo Paganini (1782—1840), who, with Liszt, championed the idea of the “Artist as Hero.” Previously, Continue reading
April 14, 2013
Silvermine Arts Center is proud to welcome back renowned Cellist, Matt Haimovitz on Sunday, April 14th. Mr. Haimovitz, who last played at Silvermine in 2005, will perform Beyond Bach, a brilliant solo program from one of America’s most daring artists.
The sound of the solo cello is as compelling and eloquent as the human voice, with a chameleon’s ability to embody any role. Winner of the Avery Fisher Award, Matt Haimovitz offers this intimate program highlighted by a selection from the Bach Suites and repertoire by Ligeti, Tod Machover and Piazolla, among others. “An expressive maximalist, Haimovitz calls forth a dazzling spectrum of sounds from the depths of his instrument.” The New Yorker. He electrifies listeners from a few feet away in an intimate club to the last rows of a concert hall. Anchoring the concert with one of the spectacular Bach Suites, Haimovitz engages the audience, creating unexpected epiphanies and fostering a new intimacy with the music.
Many of the works that he performs in Beyond Bach can be heard on his signature recordings, which have been awarded the Grand Prix de Disques and nominated for Inde Awards (AFIM) and the Canadian Juno. With four solo albums on Deutsche Grammophon and six solo albums on his own Oxingale Records, this multi-faceted artist builds innovative musical bridges that inspire a renewed appreciation and perspective on a classic tradition.
Haimovitz debuted with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic at the age of 13, recorded with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 17, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in a string quartet with Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Mstislav Rostropovich. When not headlining with major orchestras throughout the world, Matt Haimovitz makes the solo recital his trademark. The San Francisco Chronicle notes that he “has been busily reinventing the classical recital for the new millennium.”
read at: Darien Daily Voice
April 10, 2013
In this cyber age, it is relatively easy to see all manner of recorded classical music performances online, from virtuosos fronting world-class orchestras to small ensembles filling intimate spaces. Rising stars Continue reading
CORALVILLE — “Shuffle. Play. Listen” is terrific, challenging music-making from two fine music-makers, performing the works of Continue reading
Wuppertal. Eine verblüffend glückliche Übereinstimmung der Vorlieben von Publikum und Orchestermusikern haben die letzten beiden Wuppertaler Sinfoniekonzerte Continue reading
March 20, 2013
Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking at his life and career, one can easily see why. Like Simone, Haimovitz is admired for his solid classical grounding, eclecticism, improvisatory brilliance and the fact that he defies easy classification. Continue reading