Musical Toronto: Tonight: Cellist Matt Haimovitz prefers to play it eclectic on stage and in the studio

November 5, 2013

Cellist Matt Haimovitz gets his kicks out of mixing it up, playing Arcade Fire at a pop-up concert one day, then restringing his instrument with gut strings to play period Beethoven the next. For tonight’s Toronto visit with the Ontario Philharmonic at Koerner Hall, he reaches into the heart of the repertoire with Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo. Continue reading

CBC blog post : Letter to my teacher: Matt Haimovitz

May 3, 2012

On the first Monday in May each year, schools across Canada celebrate the impact of music and music education with Music Monday. To mark the occasion, we invited several prominent Canadian musicians across a variety of genres to pen a letter to a music teacher who has greatly influenced their career. Then, when possible, we spoke to the teacher about the letter.

Here, cellist Matt Haimovitz writes to his teacher, the late Leonard Rose, former principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Haimovitz was in Rose’s final group of students at the Juilliard School in New York City. Rose died of leukemia on Nov. 16, 1984.

Dear Mr. Rose,

I will never forget our first lesson. Continue reading

Cape Cod Times: Cellist Matt Haimovitz takes offbeat career path

May 5, 2011

Matt Haimovitz plays cello in nightclubs, coffeehouses, dives and roadside joints. And also in concert halls, as he will Saturday and Sunday with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. A child prodigy who was once called “the greatest talent I’ve ever taught” by Continue reading

The Barnstable Patriot: On The Road To Cape Cod

April 29, 2011

Next weekend, May 7 and 8, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra performs the last concert of the season, “The Fabric of America,” with William Schuman’s New England Triptych: Three Pieces for Orchestra after William Billings; Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring: Suite and Lincoln Portrait; and Continue reading

Columbia Free Times: Cellist Matt Haimovitz Plays Southern Exposure Series

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

The Republican: Cellist to ‘jazz’ it up for hungry

May 4, 2010

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has an innovative approach to music, and he is bringing his talent to Western Massachusetts to benefit two organizations that help the hungry.

Renowned internationally for his performances aimed at popularizing classical music, Haimovitz will perform with Continue reading

JewishLedger.com: Q & A with Matt Haimovitz – Cellist’s repertoire spans Bach to Hendrix

April 22, 2010

Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz — an  acclaimed virtuoso whose eclectic repertoire spans Bach to Bartók to Jimi Hendrix — will grace the stages of two local venues in May, performing benefit concerts for Rachel’s Table and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Continue reading

Lincoln Journal Star: Cellist goes for diversity

March 11, 2010

Every time Matt Haimovitz plays Beethoven’s Opus 95, it takes him back to when he was 16 and auditioning for the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Continue reading

Daily Nebraskan: World famous cellist to perform at Sheldon Museum

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