Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN

Cellist Matt Haimovitz is a musical pioneer. He has inspired classical music lovers and won over countless new listeners to the genre by bringing his passion to concert halls, rock clubs, and coffee houses. "I salute Mr. Haimovitz for work that is truly pathbreaking. " New York Times.


Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz 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. Through his visionary approach – bringing a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records, a tireless touring schedule as well as mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal – Haimovitz is re-defining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century.

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. Haimovitz has since gone on to perform on the world's most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra 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 of the concert hall and into clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Haimovitz's 50-state Anthem tour in 2003 celebrated living American composers, and featured his 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's recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records, the trailblazing independent label he founded with composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf. Among other awards and acclaim, two recent Oxingale albums have been nominated for Juno Awards: After Reading Shakespeare and Mozart the Mason

Matt Haimovitz's 2009/10 season features Figment, a new album and listening room tour of (mostly) solo cello music, exploring the musical riches and diversity of his two home countries, the US and Canada, and AKOKA, a live recording reframing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with works by klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer and hip-hop artist Socalled. Both albums will be released by Oxingale Records in fall '09. A live recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto with Gregory Nowak and the Orchestre de Bretagne is scheduled for release in spring 2010 as is a recording of Ligeti's Cello Concerto with Denys Bouliane and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of McGill University. Ongoing collaborations include a series of concerto commissions with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, string quartets with Mark O'Connor, Ida Kavafian, and Paul Neubauer, and chamber music with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Michael Tree, as well as McGill colleagues violinist Jonathan Crow and violist Douglas McNabney.

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. Matt Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.


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Matt Haimovitz's J. S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo
OXINGALE RECORDS' debut release has been honored with a nomination from the AFIM for the INDIE AWARD for BEST SOLO CLASSICAL
RECORDING OF 2001. On November 17, 2001 the album was the winner of a Just Plain Folks Award for BEST SOLO CLASSICAL RECORDING of 2001.

Featured in Billboard, and a TOP PICK in U. S. News and World Report, MATT HAIMOVITZ's J. S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo, complete on three compact discs, is the latest recording from this internationally acclaimed artist.

On September 9, 2003, Oxingale Records launched ANTHEM, cellist Matt Haimovitz's highly charged collection of solo works by living American composers featuring his live rendition of "Anthem," inspired by Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" recorded live at CBGB.

Goulash!-a stewing pot infused by the musical imagination of Bela Bartok. Sparking the fire under the Goulash! pot, Led Zeppelin's Eastern-tinged 1975 hit, Kashmir, opens the CD in a blazing 4-cello arrangement by Haimovitz and composer Luna Pearl Woolf, played by Haimovitz's new all-cello ensemble, UCCELLO, in its debut recording.

Bartok the composer is also featured in his popular First Rhapsody, played with gypsy abandon by Haimovitz and pianist Jean Marchand.

Fans of Haimovitz's trademark solo playing will relish a definitive new recording of Gyorgy Sonata for Violoncello Solo.

Mozart The Mason
Jonathan Crow, violin, Douglas McNabney, viola, Matt Haimovitz, cello
with artwork by Michael Kuch

On January 24, in celebration of W. A. Mozart's 250th anniversary year, Oxingale Records presents Mozart the Mason. Released just 3 days before the composer's January 27th birth date, this tribute includes arresting performances of one of Mozart's most important chamber works, the seldom heard Divertimento for String Trio, K 563, as well as three sets of Mozart's Preludes and Fugues K 404a.

Apres Moi, le Deluge
September 5, 2006 - Oxingale Records releases Apres Moi, le Deluge around the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The debut full length album of new music by composer Luna Pearl Woolf includes two world premiere recordings: Apres Moi, le Deluge a concerto for cello and a cappella choir recorded live by trail-blazing cellist Matt Haimovitz and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Choir conducted by Beverly Taylor, and the "operatorio," Orpheus on Sappho's Shore, performed by soprano Julieanne Klein, tenor Michiel Schrey and the Ensemble contemporain de Montreal, conducted by Veronique Lacroix

David Sanford and the Pittsburgh Collective: Live at the Knitting Factory
Oxingale's tenth album and first Jazz release is also an important contemporary classical album, with music by composer David Sanford for the Pittsburgh Collective, a 20-piece big band, featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz in the four-movement concerto for cello and big band, Scherzo Grosso.

Scherzo Grosso is the latest installment in cellist Matt Haimovitz's "Buck the Concerto" series of new commissions: dubbed "Buck the Concerto," each piece begins as a work scored for cello and an unexpected ensemble. The piece then lives on in an arrangement made by the composer for cello and symphony orchestra.

Scherzo Grosso's concerto for cello and the Pittsburgh Collective, a 20-piece big band:
Composer and bandleader David Sanford's Scherzo Grosso, funded by the Koussevitzky Foundation, gives a nod to rhythm and blues, straight-ahead hard bop, so-called third stream, punk rock, funk, marches, waltzes, tangos, dance suites, etc. all filtered through an emotionally charged, modern expressionist aural lens. Version for orchestra to be premiered in May 2007 by Haimovitz, Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony.

The Pittsburgh Collective, a 20-piece big band led by composer David Sanford, tours throughout the year featuring Matt Haimovitz in select performances, including a Composer Portrait at New York's Miller Theater in fall 2007. Music by Sanford, including the orchestral version of Scherzo Grosso with Matt Haimovitz and conductor Kent Nagano, will also be performed during the season.

The Pittsburgh Collective big band includes some of the jazz and brass scene's hottest players, such as trumpeter Dave Ballou, pianist Geoff Burleson and saxophonists Ted Levine and Adam Kolker, as well as members of the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Atlantic, American, and Manhattan Brass Quintets.

October 9, 2007 After Reading Shakespeare.

After Reading Shakespeare features literary-themed solo cello suites by three beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers. These witty and lyrical suites bring to life characters and quotations from Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Rambo/Rimbaud.

an album of new cello concertos written for Matt Haimovitz and unexpected ensembles' big band, choir, DJ and live electronics, along with Haimovitz' new arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's Machine Gun for

Set List

Matt Haimovitz, cellist

Projects 2009-12010

Solo Cello & electronics: Figment

Chamber Music:

String Trios by Mozart and Bach

AKOKA - "Messaien Remix"

Happy 100th Birthday Elliot Carter!

Odd Couple

Concerto: VinylCello

New and traditional concerti

After Reading Shakespeare - Matt Haimovitz solo cello

From his groundbreaking and acclaimed interpretations of Bach's Cello Suites to

the more cutting edge work with living composers, solo evenings by Haimovitz have become a signature event.

In 2007-2008 Haimovitz will tour new works composed for him by recent Pulitzer Prize winners Lewis Spratlan and Paul Moravec, paired with Ned Rorem's After Reading Shakespeare, for an intimate, literary-themed evening. From Shakespearian excerpts to Mark Twain quotes, these works bring well-loved characters and poignant quotations to life in passionate music for solo cello. Movements like "Caliban"and "Lear" from Rorem's After Reading Shakespeare