MATT HAIMOVITZ

MATT HAIMOVITZ

“Haimovitz's ingenuity, inventiveness and the sheer range of sounds he is able to produce from his instrument
is jaw-dropping”
-All Music Guide

“Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment- not to mention high artistry- is a priceless experience”
-Los Angeles Times

“It was some of the most moving and soulful playing heard by this listener"
-The New York Times

“...a musician who positively thrives on challenge...”
-The New York Times

“...in his hands, Bach's music turns into quotidian sound, a music fully
part of the now.”
-The New York Times

“..calls forth a dazzling spectrum of sounds from the depths of his instrument.”
-The New Yorker

“Haimovitz's unstoppably committed, enthusiastic playing, superbly controlled in tone, attack, vibrato and more.”
-The Strad

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Matt Haimovitz - Crypt Session, Philip Glass - Overture
Matt Haimovitz - Suite I in G Major, BMV 1007 - Prelude
Matt Haimovitz - In Studio with Vijay Iyer - Overtures to Bach

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MATT HAIMOVITZ

Renowned 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. Besides his relentless touring schedule, Haimovitz mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal and is now the first ever John Cage Fellow at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City.  This new position includes joint projects between Mannes and McGill, including concerts with his cello ensemble, Uccello, in Toronto, Montreal, New York and California.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include an extensive US tour with Vijay Iyer, and performance with Simone Dinnerstein.  Haimovitz will also be heard on tour in Europe with Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain.  Haimovitz is also developing an audio play, inspired by the story of his cello, made in 1710 in Venice by Matteo Gofriller, with best-selling author Cornelia Funke.

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.

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 U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Haimovitz’ 50-state Anthem tour in 2003 celebrated living American composers and featured the cellist’s own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” He was the first classical artist to play at New York’s infamous CBGB club, in a performance filmed by ABC News for Nightline UpClose.

Haimovitz revisited the Bach cello suites in 2015 with the release of The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena for the PENTATONE Oxingale series, inspired and informed by an authoritative manuscript by Anna Magdalena Bach and performed on period instruments. This was followed by the 2016 release of Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites, by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford, and Luna Pearl Woolf. Overtures to Bach, in conjunction with Haimovitz’s “A Moveable Feast” performances – a series of pop-up events in unconventional locations, followed by a concert performance – has toured widely across the US, Canada, Germany and Japan.

Recent recordings for the PENTATONE Oxingale series, include TROIKA, an all-Russian program from Rachmaninoff to Pussy Riot, with his longtime duo partner, pianist Christopher O’Riley, and two performance compilations from the Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana. The most recent, Daydreams, features a 5-movement world premiere for cello and piano by Aaron Jay Kernis, dedicated to Haimovitz as well as to the composer’s son. This season will see the release of Haimovitz’s live recording, with the Bruckner Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies, of the cello concerto by Isang Yun, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Haimovitz’ recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutsche Grammophon and his and composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf’s own trailblazing independent label Oxingale Records, now in collaboration with PENTATONE. Three recent Oxingale albums have been nominated for Juno Awards and a fourth, BEETHOVEN, Period, a traversal of the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello on period instruments with Christopher O’Riley was an Editor’s Choice and one of the top-10 Beethoven albums of recent times, at Gramophone Magazine. Recent releases also include ORBIT, an expansive 3-SACD compilation of Haimovitz’ solo cello work, and reissues of the critically-acclaimed Shuffle.Play.Listen (with Christopher O’Riley), AKOKA (with David Krakauer), and Meeting of the Spirits, which was nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a GRAMMY® for Best Producer of the Year (Classical). Haimovitz’ recording of Philip Glass’s Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello and Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,” with the Cincinnati Symphony and Dennis Russell Davies, on Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label, have been widely acclaimed.

In 2006, Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from ASCAP for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit, and in 2004, the American Music Center awarded Haimovitz the Trailblazer Award, for his far-reaching contributions to American music. Born in Israel, Haimovitz has also been honored with the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1986), the Grand Prix du Disque (1991), the Diapason d’Or (1991) and he is the first cellist ever to receive the prestigious Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” (1999). Haimovitz studied at the Collegiate School in New York and at the Juilliard School, in the final class of Leonard Rose, after which he continued his cello studies with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1996, he received a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University.

DISCOGRAPHY
The Bach Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena, Pentatone/Oxingale Series – 2015
Orbit, Pentatone/Oxingale Series – 2015
Beethoven, Period, Pentaton/Oxingale Series – 2014
Matteo: 300 Years of Italian Cello, Oxingale Records – 2011
Shuffle.Play.Listen, Oxingale Records – 2011
Meeting of the Spirits, Oxingale Records – 2010
Figment, Oxingale Records – 2009
Odd Couple, Oxingale Records – 2008
J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, Oxingale Records – 2008
VinylCello, Oxingale Records – 2007
After Reading Shakespeare, Oxingale Records – 2007
David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective: Live at the Knitting Factory, Oxingale Records – 2007
Apres Moi, le Deluge, Oxingale Records – 2006
Mozart the Mason, Oxingale Records – 2006
Goullash!, Oxingale Records – 2005
Epilogue, Oxingale Records – 2004
Please Welcome…Matt Haimovitz, Oxingale Records – 2004
Anthem, Oxingale Records – 2003
Hyperstring Trilogy, Oxingale Records – 2003
Haydn Mozart, Oxingale Records/Transart – 2003
The Rose Album, Oxingale Records – 2002
Lemons Descending, Oxingale Records – 2001
J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo, Oxingale Records – 2000
UnderTree, Oxingale Records – 1999
Portes Ouvertes: The 20th Century Cello Volume 3, Deutsche Grammophon – 1999
The 20th Century Cello Volume 2, Deutsche Grammophon – 1997
The 20 Century Cello, Deutsche Grammophon – 1995
Trios with Rob Wasserman, GRP Records – 1993
Suites and Sonatas for Solo Cello, Deutsche Grammophon – 1991
Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Deutsche Grammophon – 1990
Saint-Saens, Lalo: Cello Concertos, Bruch Kol Nidrei, Deutsche Grammophon – 1989

MATT HAIMOVITZ

Renowned 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. Besides his relentless touring schedule, Haimovitz mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal and is now the first ever John Cage Fellow at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City.  This new position includes joint projects between Mannes and McGill, including concerts with his cello ensemble, Uccello, in Toronto, Montreal, New York and California.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include an extensive US tour with Vijay Iyer, and performance with Simone Dinnerstein.  Haimovitz will also be heard on tour in Europe with Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain.  Haimovitz is also developing an audio play, inspired by the story of his cello, made in 1710 in Venice by Matteo Gofriller, with best-selling author Cornelia Funke.

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.

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 U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Haimovitz’ 50-state Anthem tour in 2003 celebrated living American composers and featured the cellist’s own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” He was the first classical artist to play at New York’s infamous CBGB club, in a performance filmed by ABC News for Nightline UpClose.

Haimovitz revisited the Bach cello suites in 2015 with the release of The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena for the PENTATONE Oxingale series, inspired and informed by an authoritative manuscript by Anna Magdalena Bach and performed on period instruments. This was followed by the 2016 release of Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites, by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford, and Luna Pearl Woolf. Overtures to Bach, in conjunction with Haimovitz’s “A Moveable Feast” performances – a series of pop-up events in unconventional locations, followed by a concert performance – has toured widely across the US, Canada, Germany and Japan.

Recent recordings for the PENTATONE Oxingale series, include TROIKA, an all-Russian program from Rachmaninoff to Pussy Riot, with his longtime duo partner, pianist Christopher O’Riley, and two performance compilations from the Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana. The most recent, Daydreams, features a 5-movement world premiere for cello and piano by Aaron Jay Kernis, dedicated to Haimovitz as well as to the composer’s son. This season will see the release of Haimovitz’s live recording, with the Bruckner Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies, of the cello concerto by Isang Yun, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Haimovitz’ recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutsche Grammophon and his and composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf’s own trailblazing independent label Oxingale Records, now in collaboration with PENTATONE. Three recent Oxingale albums have been nominated for Juno Awards and a fourth, BEETHOVEN, Period, a traversal of the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello on period instruments with Christopher O’Riley was an Editor’s Choice and one of the top-10 Beethoven albums of recent times, at Gramophone Magazine. Recent releases also include ORBIT, an expansive 3-SACD compilation of Haimovitz’ solo cello work, and reissues of the critically-acclaimed Shuffle.Play.Listen (with Christopher O’Riley), AKOKA (with David Krakauer), and Meeting of the Spirits, which was nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a GRAMMY® for Best Producer of the Year (Classical). Haimovitz’ recording of Philip Glass’s Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello and Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,” with the Cincinnati Symphony and Dennis Russell Davies, on Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label, have been widely acclaimed.

In 2006, Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from ASCAP for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit, and in 2004, the American Music Center awarded Haimovitz the Trailblazer Award, for his far-reaching contributions to American music. Born in Israel, Haimovitz has also been honored with the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1986), the Grand Prix du Disque (1991), the Diapason d’Or (1991) and he is the first cellist ever to receive the prestigious Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” (1999). Haimovitz studied at the Collegiate School in New York and at the Juilliard School, in the final class of Leonard Rose, after which he continued his cello studies with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1996, he received a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University.

DISCOGRAPHY
The Bach Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena, Pentatone/Oxingale Series – 2015
Orbit, Pentatone/Oxingale Series – 2015
Beethoven, Period, Pentaton/Oxingale Series – 2014
Matteo: 300 Years of Italian Cello, Oxingale Records – 2011
Shuffle.Play.Listen, Oxingale Records – 2011
Meeting of the Spirits, Oxingale Records – 2010
Figment, Oxingale Records – 2009
Odd Couple, Oxingale Records – 2008
J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, Oxingale Records – 2008
VinylCello, Oxingale Records – 2007
After Reading Shakespeare, Oxingale Records – 2007
David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective: Live at the Knitting Factory, Oxingale Records – 2007
Apres Moi, le Deluge, Oxingale Records – 2006
Mozart the Mason, Oxingale Records – 2006
Goullash!, Oxingale Records – 2005
Epilogue, Oxingale Records – 2004
Please Welcome…Matt Haimovitz, Oxingale Records – 2004
Anthem, Oxingale Records – 2003
Hyperstring Trilogy, Oxingale Records – 2003
Haydn Mozart, Oxingale Records/Transart – 2003
The Rose Album, Oxingale Records – 2002
Lemons Descending, Oxingale Records – 2001
J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo, Oxingale Records – 2000
UnderTree, Oxingale Records – 1999
Portes Ouvertes: The 20th Century Cello Volume 3, Deutsche Grammophon – 1999
The 20th Century Cello Volume 2, Deutsche Grammophon – 1997
The 20 Century Cello, Deutsche Grammophon – 1995
Trios with Rob Wasserman, GRP Records – 1993
Suites and Sonatas for Solo Cello, Deutsche Grammophon – 1991
Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Deutsche Grammophon – 1990
Saint-Saens, Lalo: Cello Concertos, Bruch Kol Nidrei, Deutsche Grammophon – 1989

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