The acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform "The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast" on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Hall at Connecticut College. This onStage Guest Artist Series event is open to the public.
The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall. Bach’s “Suites for Unaccompanied Cello” are known to be some of the most moving and spiritual pieces for solo instrumentalists in history. The new Overtures by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford, and Luna Pearl Woolf – paired with their corresponding Preludes – expand upon the multitude of spiritual, cross-cultural and vernacular references in the Bach, building a bridge from the master’s time to today.
Strings Magazine said of his performance, “Haimovitz plays the new and old works brilliantly. His rhythm is flowing and flexible, his virtuosity transcendent, his tone ascetically beautiful. This project breathes new life and inspiration into time-honored classics.”
Haimovitz made his professional debut at the age of 13 as a 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. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, 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.
He has performed Overtures to Bach so far this season in Berlin, Montreal and Toronto, as well as in New York and other major American cities. When he is not touring, he mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal.