Matt Haimovitz - Artistic Director

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Matt Haimovitz 1 copy.jpgRenowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” He 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, and initiates groundbreaking collaborations, as well as creating innovative recording projects. Alongside his relentless touring schedule, Haimovitz mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, in addition to his role as the first ever John Cage Fellow at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City.

The 2019/2020 season will see Haimovitz on extensive tours across the US with pianists Simone Dinnerstein in a program juxtaposing Beethoven and Philip Glass; Haimovitz also will be continue his cross-genre collaboration with Vijay Iyer; in numerous chamber music performances including his signature “Moveable Feast” and “Listening Room” cycles, which feature music for solo cello by Bach and more contemporary voices; as well as performing several cello concerti by Dvorak, Henri Dutilleux, Alfred Schnitke, and others from Texas to the Czech Republic. Haimovitz will also be heard on tour in Europe and the US with composer/pianist Philip Glass highlighted by a performance a recently-opened Paris Philharmonic. Also upcoming is the world premiere of Jacqueline – a portrait of virtuosity, an opera for soprano and cello, written by Luna Pearl Woolf and Royce Vavrek, based on the life of iconic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, for Tapestry Opera in Toronto.

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and made his first recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon, at age 17. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic, 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.