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Family, musical education and early career
Matt Haimowitz was born in the Israeli town of Bat Yam as son of Meir and Marlena Haimowitz, a Jewish couple who moved to Israel from Romania. When he was 5 years old, the family settled in Palo Alto, California.
Haimovitz began to study the cello at the age of seven with Irene Sharp in California. At the age of nine, he switched teachers to Gábor Reitő. When Haimovitz was twelve years old, Itzhak Perlman, who was impressed by his performances at a music camp in Santa Barbara, introduced him to Leonard Rose. In order for him to study with Rose at the Juilliard School, his family moved to New York in 1983. Rose described Haimovitz as "probably the greatest talent I have ever taught", praising his "ravishingly beautiful tone" and "unusual sense of style and musical sensitivity".
In February 1985, Haimovitz joined Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert which was filmed and broadcast. This success was followed in 1986 by an American tour with Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, as well as concerts with the New York Philharmonic. In the same year Haimovitz was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant for exceptional musical achievement, the youngest musician to receive this award. Over the next decade, Haimovitz appeared with many of the major orchestras of North America, Europe and Asia, and worked with the most distinguished conductors. In 1987, at the age of 17, Haimovitz signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, where several of his recordings of standard and non-standard repertoire won international awards. Haimovitz is married to composer Luna Pearl Woolf. They have two daughters.
After graduating from Harvard College in 1996, and with the termination of his contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Haimovitz became dissatisfied with the traditional career path of a modern classical musician. He began exploring non-standard classical and non-classical repertoire more intensively, and began a program of concerts in unusual venues. A 2002 North American tour that attracted international attention saw Haimovitz performing J. S. Bach's cello suites in night clubs, restaurants and other highly untraditional venues in a wide variety of towns and cities across the United States. This was followed in 2003 by Haimovitz's Anthem tour, in which he brought a variety of American compositions to a similar variety of audiences, including his rendition of Jimi Hendrix's famous improvisational rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In 2000, Haimovitz founded his own record label, Oxingale, which has released CD recordings of his own recital programs, as well as music performed by others. In 2010 this label expanded to include a music publishing branch, which features works commissioned, performed, and recorded by Haimovitz.
From 1999 to 2004, Haimovitz was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since 2004, he has taught at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal as well as the Domaine Forget academy for the arts in rural Quebec.
|1989||Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos / Bruch: Kol Nidrei / Lalo: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D Minor||Deutsche Grammophon|
|1990||Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini: Cello Concertos||Deutsche Grammophon|
|1992||Suites and Sonatas for Solo Cello - Reger: Suite in G major, Op. 131c/1; Crumb: Sonata; Britten: Suite No. 1, Op. 72; Ligeti: Sonata||Deutsche Grammophon|
|1995||Trios with Rob Wasserman||GRP Records|
|1995||The 20th Century Cello||Deutsche Grammophon|
|1997||The 20th Century Cello Volume 2||Deutsche Grammophon|
|1999||Portes Ouvertes: The 20th Century Cello Volume 3||Deutsche Grammophon|
|2000||Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo||Oxingale Records|
|2001||Lemons Descending||Oxingale Records|
|2002||The Rose Album||Oxingale Records|
|2003||Haydn: The Cello Concertos; Mozart: Cello Concerto||Transart Live|
|2003||Hyperstring Trilogy||Oxingale Records|
|2004||Please Welcome...Matt Haimovitz||Oxingale Records|
|2006||Mozart the Mason||Oxingale Records|
|2006||Apres Moi, le Deluge||Oxingale Records|
|2007||David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective: Live at the Knitting Factory||Oxingale Records|
|2007||After Reading Shakespeare||Oxingale Records|
|2008||J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations||Oxingale Records|
|2008||Odd Couple||Oxingale Records|
|2010||Meeting of the Spirits||Oxingale Records|
|2011||Shuffle.Play.Listen (In collaboration with Christopher O'Riley||Oxingale Records|
|2011||Matteo: 300 Years of Italian Cello||Oxingale Records|
|2012||Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric||BMOP/sound|
|2012||Laura Elise Schwendinger: Three Works||Albany Music Distribution|
|2013||Glass: Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi"||Orange Mountain Music|
|(expected) 2013||AngelHeart||Oxingale Records|
- Judy Polan, "Q & A with Matt Haimovitz",The Jewish Ledger, April 22, 2010
- Haimovitz official biography
- Matt Haimovitz Interview
- Oxingale records
- Hear Matt Haimovitz in concert from WGBH boston
- "Redefining Success, Off the Beaten Track - Cellist Matt Haimovitz, Bringing Bach to the Bar Band Stage" - review by Richard Scheinin in "San Jose Mercury News, 4.20.2005
- Discography on Deutsche Grammophon