May 13, 2011
Cellist Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At age 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (on Deutsche Grammophon). He made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, Leonard Rose in Continue reading
December 13, 2010
Matt Haimovitz is finishing off a landmark birthday year, and so is his instrument. The Montreal-based cellist, celebrated for his spirited approach to genre-bending and performance, is a mere 40. But his cello, made by Venetian luthier Matteo Goffriller, has turned 300. This year, the birthday pair, in company with Continue reading
November 17, 2010
When last we heard Matt Haimovitz’s cello, it was scratching and scraping through a gloriously raucous rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s own rendering of “The Star Spangled Banner.” For more than five concentrated minutes, Haimovitz wrenched every last idiomatic drop from his 300-year-old instrument. To the underage punks outside on State Street, it no doubt sounded like Continue reading
March 11, 2010
Listening to classical music is an emotion-soaked experience that leaves your heart racing one second and nearly lulls you into a state of euphoria the next.
On Friday, world renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz comes to the Sheldon Museum of Art, with a few friends, to demonstrate what live classical music can sound like in the hands of one of the imminent players of our time. Continue reading
February 8, 2010
Virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz has made a career of bringing classical music to people who don’t hear it much. In the mid-’90s, having played as soloist with major orchestras in venues like Carnegie Hall, the Israeli-born, American-raised musician got frustrated with the narrowness of classical-music culture and the kind of career typically Continue reading
November 5, 2009
Le violoncelliste Matt Haimovitz et sa partenaire, la compositrice Luna Pearl Woolf, réinventent le rituel du concert avec la nouvelle vocation d’eXcentris. Air frais.
J’ai rencontré Matt Haimovitz pour la première fois en 2006, alors qu’il venait de faire paraître son disque Goulash! (Oxingale Records), sur lequel il joue avec le grand guitariste jazz-rock John McLaughlin, l’ensemble de musique méditerranéenne Constantinople et DJ Olive, entre autres. On trouve sur ce disque du Bartók et du Ligeti, mais aussi du Led Zeppelin Continue reading
October 16, 2009
In the ’80s, a teenage Matt Haimovitz studied at Juilliard under the tutelage of Leonard Rose. In 2002, the Israeli-born cellist booked the first classical gig at New York’s renowned punk sweat-hole CBGB’s; sandwiched between bar bands on the bill, he played Bach. That should give you an idea of the sensibilities of a ferociously skilled player hoping to Continue reading
October 14, 2009
A conservatory-trained cellist, Haimovitz has also been known to saw the night away for beer-soaked audiences at the Tin Angel and CBGB. He still plays Bach and Brahms, but is committed to, as he puts it, “seeing music thrive,” cultivating new Continue reading
October 2, 2009
In addition to being a highly regarded member of the classical music universe, cellist Matt Haimovitz has made a name for himself by embracing a more street level, DIY approach than his peers.